High Court upholds enforcement notice to end residential use of former office block
The High Court has upheld an enforcement notice by Luton Borough Council requiring the residential use of a development of 109 flats to come to an end. The council argued that the change of use and construction works on the flats, located within a functioning Industrial Estate, and which was formerly an office block, were unauthorised. The council also cited the “very poor, sub-standard accommodation that is injurious to the well-being and health of the current occupiers”.
The detailed consideration by Mrs Justice Steyn on a number of key enforcement issues including the correct approach to equality duties owed by Local Planning Authorities (LPA) and what amounts to a sufficient consideration of the question of expediency.