Certificate of lawfulness for the use of the building as 4 flats (under the four year rule)

Certificate of Lawfulness Issued on 15 February 2024

planning appeal redbridge

29A-D Aberdour Road,

Council: London Borough of Redbridge

This is the latest in a series of successful applications for certificates of lawfulness under the so-called ‘four year rule’.

It is also the second victory of this kind in Redbridge in just two days! Yesterday we obtained a similar certificate of lawfulness for the use of 39 flats in another part of Ilford.

This was our second application at this site – the council had refused the first on the basis it was not persuaded that our evidence was good enough to prove (on the balance of probabilities) the use of the building as 4 flats over four years.

We doubled down on our evidence, finding more (including EPCs, electrical certificate and written evidence from third parties) and submitting a second application.

Applications under the four year rule are always nerve wracking because, if the application fails, the development is at risk of enforcement action.

We were delighted when this second application was successful and a certificate was issued.

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