Amalgamation of flats constitutes material change of use but does not prejudice housing targets

An enforcement notice refusing the amalgamation of two separate self-contained flats in a residential area of southwest London was quashed and permission for the change of use granted on the grounds that allowing the appeal would not prejudice the council's ability to meet its housing targets. A lawful development certificate for the use was refused at the same inquiry on the grounds that a material change of use requiring permission had taken place.

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