Antisocial behaviour at children's home sufficient to dismiss appeal

Having failed in respect of a previous appeal against an enforcement notice in 2011, the owners of a children's home in east London were unable to convince a second inspector that antisocial behaviour and nuisance caused by the residents had been adequately mitigated.

Despite asserting that the home was operated under a different management regime, there was little evidence to support this, the inspector decided. Local residents continued to object to the scheme and the council’s antisocial behaviour caseworker had confirmed that incidents continued to occur. These events included shouting, fighting and screaming, the playing of loud music, swearing, aggressive behaviour, fighting in the street which blocked traffic, threats and acts of intimidation towards neighbours. The allegations of noise and disturbance were in many cases very detailed and specific and this was consistent with the inspector's colleague’s conclusion in 2011 when the evidence was subject to cross-examination. In her opinion the continued use of the children’s home in breach of an extant enforcement notice was causing significant harm to the amenity of residents. While this would cause disruption and inconvenience to current occupiers of the home, the need to protect the living conditions of neighbours was paramount.

Inspector: Karen Ridge; Written representations

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