Vulnerable people protected or evicted?

Simon Fairlie chapter7 at
Wed Nov 19 14:04:55 GMT 2014

London borough planning enforcement initiative scoops top planning award
18 November 2014 by Michael Donnelly , Be the First to Comment

A project run by a London borough to tackle 'beds in sheds' has  
scooped the top award at the inaugural Planning Awards.

Awards host Paddy O’Connell (left) with the London Borough of  
Hounslow’s Marilyn Smith and Amir Salarkia

The Rogue Landlord and Community Safety Project, submitted by the  
London Borough of Hounslow, was awarded the Editor's Award at a  
ceremony held in London tonight.

The event was attended by 300 people and took place at a venue in  
London’s West End.

The Editor’s Award is given to the entry that is judged to be the  
most outstanding of all the category winners.

The project also won the Award for Enforcement, sponsored by Ivy Legal.

In January 2013, the borough responded to problems with unscrupulous  
landlords using unauthorised back garden shacks and sheds to offer  
accommodation by setting up a taskforce to tackle the issue. Over the  
next 18 months, it visited 3,540 dwellings, issued 400 planning  
contravention notices, brought 45 illegal dwellings out of use and  
fined transgressing landlords a total of more than £165,000.

The entry was felt to have demonstrated clear evidence of protecting  
vulnerable people in a west London community from the effect of  
unauthorised development.

Planning Resource Daily 19 Nov 2014

Simon Fairlie
Monkton Wyld Court
01297 561359
chapter7 at

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