Hadleigh bedsit landlord fights Castle Point Council

Castle Point Council

Castle Point Council

First published in Echo News

A LANDLORD is refusing to turn bedsits back into a family home and remove a bike and bin store from a front garden.

Austin Whitehouse, of London Road, Hadleigh, has appealed against Southend Council’s order for him to turn 67 Salisbury Avenue, Southend, back from six bedsits into a single- dwelling house and remove the store, which planners claim is spoiling the street scene.

In his appeal application form, Mr Whitehouse claims the building has been six flats since 2001, has had separate electricity meters since 2006, have paid council tax individually since 2010 and has had separate addresses with Royal Mail and the council since 2011.

He claims the building has been flats for too long for it to be changed back and the council’s order for him to remove the kitchen units, sinks and cookers from all rooms except one and the shower units and toilets from all rooms except one would be too much work.

The landlord says the store for rubbish and bikes in the front garden, formed from the home’s garden wall, follows council policy.

He claims bikes would block the building’s narrow hallway if stored inside.

A Government-appointed planning inspector will decide the appeal at a public inquiry.

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4:17pm Sun 4 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Do they get six lots of Council Tax from the building?

If so , is it more or less than they'd get from it if it was turned back into a single dwelling?
Do they get six lots of Council Tax from the building? If so , is it more or less than they'd get from it if it was turned back into a single dwelling? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 15

4:20pm Sun 4 May 14

John Bull 40 says...

Did he have planning permission in the first place?
Did he have planning permission in the first place? John Bull 40
  • Score: 29

6:11pm Sun 4 May 14

the25man says...

I bet the conversion won't meet building regulations or fire reg's.
Separate electric meters don't mean a thing as it took him 5 years to do that.
Postal address also doesn't make any difference.
Without proper planning permission it makes little difference as to how long he got away with the bedsit's he will have to bring the property back to single occupancy at his own cost
I bet the conversion won't meet building regulations or fire reg's. Separate electric meters don't mean a thing as it took him 5 years to do that. Postal address also doesn't make any difference. Without proper planning permission it makes little difference as to how long he got away with the bedsit's he will have to bring the property back to single occupancy at his own cost the25man
  • Score: 23

6:59pm Sun 4 May 14

I care about rayleigh says...

Sounds like a greedy guy to me.
It's a family home - certainly no more than two flats. No way could there be sufficient plumbing etc for six bedsits.
Come on Southend Council - kake him turn the property back to a family home.
Sounds like a greedy guy to me. It's a family home - certainly no more than two flats. No way could there be sufficient plumbing etc for six bedsits. Come on Southend Council - kake him turn the property back to a family home. I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 13

7:30pm Sun 4 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

I care about rayleigh wrote:
Sounds like a greedy guy to me.
It's a family home - certainly no more than two flats. No way could there be sufficient plumbing etc for six bedsits.
Come on Southend Council - kake him turn the property back to a family home.
If it wasn't for these so called greedy Landlord's, many more people would be homeless, if he was in fact greedy, he'd sell up, and put his feet up.
Without such Landlords giving people a roof over their heads, the council would have to deal with with even more..
[quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a greedy guy to me. It's a family home - certainly no more than two flats. No way could there be sufficient plumbing etc for six bedsits. Come on Southend Council - kake him turn the property back to a family home.[/p][/quote]If it wasn't for these so called greedy Landlord's, many more people would be homeless, if he was in fact greedy, he'd sell up, and put his feet up. Without such Landlords giving people a roof over their heads, the council would have to deal with with even more.. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -13

7:45pm Sun 4 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Without the humble Landlord, most towns would be inundated with homeless people, they provide an essential housing solution.
Without the humble Landlord, most towns would be inundated with homeless people, they provide an essential housing solution. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -17

8:18pm Sun 4 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
I care about rayleigh wrote:
Sounds like a greedy guy to me.
It's a family home - certainly no more than two flats. No way could there be sufficient plumbing etc for six bedsits.
Come on Southend Council - kake him turn the property back to a family home.
If it wasn't for these so called greedy Landlord's, many more people would be homeless, if he was in fact greedy, he'd sell up, and put his feet up.
Without such Landlords giving people a roof over their heads, the council would have to deal with with even more..
yup...greed, getting max rent from tiny bedsits extra people in a residential road road with no extra parking facility's...cram em in bring the neighbourhood down.
probably would need to put back as a house if wanting to sell up too, reckon these are at least £400pcm too and have more than single people in them, but the Council are sloppy for not doing something sooner.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a greedy guy to me. It's a family home - certainly no more than two flats. No way could there be sufficient plumbing etc for six bedsits. Come on Southend Council - kake him turn the property back to a family home.[/p][/quote]If it wasn't for these so called greedy Landlord's, many more people would be homeless, if he was in fact greedy, he'd sell up, and put his feet up. Without such Landlords giving people a roof over their heads, the council would have to deal with with even more..[/p][/quote]yup...greed, getting max rent from tiny bedsits extra people in a residential road road with no extra parking facility's...cram em in bring the neighbourhood down. probably would need to put back as a house if wanting to sell up too, reckon these are at least £400pcm too and have more than single people in them, but the Council are sloppy for not doing something sooner. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 17

8:28pm Sun 4 May 14

sesibollox says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
I care about rayleigh wrote:
Sounds like a greedy guy to me.
It's a family home - certainly no more than two flats. No way could there be sufficient plumbing etc for six bedsits.
Come on Southend Council - kake him turn the property back to a family home.
If it wasn't for these so called greedy Landlord's, many more people would be homeless, if he was in fact greedy, he'd sell up, and put his feet up.
Without such Landlords giving people a roof over their heads, the council would have to deal with with even more..
yup...greed, getting max rent from tiny bedsits extra people in a residential road road with no extra parking facility's...cram em in bring the neighbourhood down.
probably would need to put back as a house if wanting to sell up too, reckon these are at least £400pcm too and have more than single people in them, but the Council are sloppy for not doing something sooner.
Is the parking an issue with the refusal to allow it ? No
Is the level of rent an issue with refusal ? No
Is the greed, as you say an issue ? No
Is Your opinion of bedsitters bringing an area down relevant ? No
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a greedy guy to me. It's a family home - certainly no more than two flats. No way could there be sufficient plumbing etc for six bedsits. Come on Southend Council - kake him turn the property back to a family home.[/p][/quote]If it wasn't for these so called greedy Landlord's, many more people would be homeless, if he was in fact greedy, he'd sell up, and put his feet up. Without such Landlords giving people a roof over their heads, the council would have to deal with with even more..[/p][/quote]yup...greed, getting max rent from tiny bedsits extra people in a residential road road with no extra parking facility's...cram em in bring the neighbourhood down. probably would need to put back as a house if wanting to sell up too, reckon these are at least £400pcm too and have more than single people in them, but the Council are sloppy for not doing something sooner.[/p][/quote]Is the parking an issue with the refusal to allow it ? No Is the level of rent an issue with refusal ? No Is the greed, as you say an issue ? No Is Your opinion of bedsitters bringing an area down relevant ? No sesibollox
  • Score: -16

8:40pm Sun 4 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

sesibollox wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
I care about rayleigh wrote:
Sounds like a greedy guy to me.
It's a family home - certainly no more than two flats. No way could there be sufficient plumbing etc for six bedsits.
Come on Southend Council - kake him turn the property back to a family home.
If it wasn't for these so called greedy Landlord's, many more people would be homeless, if he was in fact greedy, he'd sell up, and put his feet up.
Without such Landlords giving people a roof over their heads, the council would have to deal with with even more..
yup...greed, getting max rent from tiny bedsits extra people in a residential road road with no extra parking facility's...cram em in bring the neighbourhood down.
probably would need to put back as a house if wanting to sell up too, reckon these are at least £400pcm too and have more than single people in them, but the Council are sloppy for not doing something sooner.
Is the parking an issue with the refusal to allow it ? No
Is the level of rent an issue with refusal ? No
Is the greed, as you say an issue ? No
Is Your opinion of bedsitters bringing an area down relevant ? No
Yes..Parking would be relevant if applying for permission.

Rent..? well up to them if they find desperate people willing to pay or the council paying it, and how many crammed in one bedsit i wonder.?
greed.?...ugly.

Roads with glorious styled old houses when built...the purpose for housing familys, then those houses in the 80's all converted into flats (££)...yes, over the years has brought areas down.

are you relevant..? No.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a greedy guy to me. It's a family home - certainly no more than two flats. No way could there be sufficient plumbing etc for six bedsits. Come on Southend Council - kake him turn the property back to a family home.[/p][/quote]If it wasn't for these so called greedy Landlord's, many more people would be homeless, if he was in fact greedy, he'd sell up, and put his feet up. Without such Landlords giving people a roof over their heads, the council would have to deal with with even more..[/p][/quote]yup...greed, getting max rent from tiny bedsits extra people in a residential road road with no extra parking facility's...cram em in bring the neighbourhood down. probably would need to put back as a house if wanting to sell up too, reckon these are at least £400pcm too and have more than single people in them, but the Council are sloppy for not doing something sooner.[/p][/quote]Is the parking an issue with the refusal to allow it ? No Is the level of rent an issue with refusal ? No Is the greed, as you say an issue ? No Is Your opinion of bedsitters bringing an area down relevant ? No[/p][/quote]Yes..Parking would be relevant if applying for permission. Rent..? well up to them if they find desperate people willing to pay or the council paying it, and how many crammed in one bedsit i wonder.? greed.?...ugly. Roads with glorious styled old houses when built...the purpose for housing familys, then those houses in the 80's all converted into flats (££)...yes, over the years has brought areas down. are you relevant..? No. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 15

9:35pm Sun 4 May 14

profondo asbo says...

got eastern european tenants?
got eastern european tenants? profondo asbo
  • Score: 9

10:40pm Sun 4 May 14

Idontknowy says...

Bit confused here One minute the article says he's fighting Castle Point Council then it says he's fighting Southend Council.
Bit confused here One minute the article says he's fighting Castle Point Council then it says he's fighting Southend Council. Idontknowy
  • Score: -2

8:50am Mon 5 May 14

sesibollox says...

Sell it, let it become a bail hostel...
Sell it, let it become a bail hostel... sesibollox
  • Score: -6

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