Flats conversion held to meet local needs

The conversion and extension of a house in north London to form three flats has been approved and an enforcement notice quashed despite council concerns that the scheme failed to provide an adequate level of accommodation.

Planning permission had been granted in 2002 for a single-storey extension to the house. In 2003 the council also approved dormers at the front and rear of the property. The appellants proposed to erect extensions in excess of those permitted while converting the property into three flats. They explained that they formed part of a close-knit Jewish community in urgent need of additional accommodation.

The scheme would allow members of the community to live locally and access schools and synagogues, they claimed. The inspector noted the council's acceptance of the need to maintain the community, 88 per cent of whose members lived in the borough. He decided that the plans could be modified to protect adjoining residents' amenity.

DCS Number 100-050-449

Inspector Roger Dyer; Hearing.

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