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Illegal 'bed in shed' demolished - and the owner has to foot the bill

An unauthorised outhouse with a concealed entrance constructed at the back of a residential property in west London - one of the so-called ‘beds in sheds’ properties - has been demolished by a local council. 

The detached outhouse at the rear of the house in London NW10, was removed by Ealing council’s demolition contractor after the owner failed to comply with an enforcement notice requiring them to remove the illegal dwelling. 

Council officers discovered the concealed entrance to the outhouse behind what appeared to be a garage door in July 2014 during a routine check of newly erected outbuildings in the Park Royal area of the borough. When officers entered the building they found a fully self-contained house complete with kitchen and bathroom that did not have planning permission. 

The owner was served with an enforcement notice requiring them to remove the dwelling and they subsequently submitted a planning application to retain the building in September last year. This was refused and, after a final warning, the council’s demolition contractor was brought in to remove the illegal outbuilding when the owner failed to comply with the notice. 

As a result of the demolition carried out by the council, the owner will be sent a bill for the cost of the works. If the bill is not settled a charge will be placed on the property which will incur interest until the outstanding money is paid in full. 

Ealing council is also appealing for anyone else with information on beds in sheds to report in confidence to the council’s regulatory services team on 020 8825 8786 or email the details to the authority.

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