Application for a certificate of lawfulness for the use of the upper floor of a workshop and a separate flat

Certificate of Lawfulness Granted on 13 June 2024

Waltham Forest four year rule

354a Winchelsea Road,
Forest Gate,
E7 0AQ

Council: London Borough of Waltham Forest

In this case, our client bought a workshop under the arches in Leyton, east London. The upper floor had been used as a flat by the owners of the workshop for many years.

Waltham Forest Council has policies in its new Local Plan to protect these kinds of small-scale commercial uses from a change of use.

However, this flat had been converted more than 4 years ago and was therefore immune from prosecution under the ‘four year rule’.

We helped our client compile the necessary evidence to support an application for a certificate of lawfulness, including sworn statements from neighbours who had known the previous owners.

We were delighted when the application was swiftly approved by LBWF!

We have a lot of experience with applications under the four year rule and the ten year rule – see some of our other successes here and here.

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