The infamous tiny wooden house built in Leyton has been turned back into a garage

Tiny house turned back into garage

House in Manor Road, Leyton

Tiny house transformed

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A tiny wooden house built last year has been turned back into a garage. 

The infamous property, dubbed the 'narrowest house in London, was erected in Manor Road, Leyton.

It was finally converted this month following enforcement action by the council.

Owner Mohammed Akhlaq, 53, of Zim Properties, based in Leytonstone High Road, squeezed the property between a gap in a row of terraced houses in May 2013.

Mr Akhlaq was ordered to remove the bathroom, kitchen and internal portioning - and restore the garage to its original condition.

An appeal against the notice to the national Planning Inspectorate failed and the owner was ordered to contribute towards the council’s legal costs.

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10:10am Fri 5 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

I suppose there are not many angular tenants around that part of Town.
I suppose there are not many angular tenants around that part of Town. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

2:00pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Megamix says...

"Mr Akhlaq was ordered to remove the bathroom, kitchen and internal portioning - and restore the garage to its original condition"

Looking at the second photo, there is still a room above the garage? I would not have thought this was original?
"Mr Akhlaq was ordered to remove the bathroom, kitchen and internal portioning - and restore the garage to its original condition" Looking at the second photo, there is still a room above the garage? I would not have thought this was original? Megamix
  • Score: 12

3:14pm Fri 5 Sep 14

mdj says...

This house caught my eye back in the 80s precisely because of its convenient, if slightly shanty-like two-storey timber work unit next door. It's too small for a modern car, but ideal for a multitude of possible small business uses.
Our older neighbourhoods were built with workplaces every few yards, scattered between the housing, whether corner shops, small builder's yards, stables or workshops. Increasingly what we like to call our 'villages' have now become dormitories, dead during the working day.

We need to be encouraging a return to this older pattern, to decentralise our working practices, as commuting becomes more and more hellish. In an age of instant communication, we madly centralise more and more.
We still zone areas according to activity rather than nuisance, as if all work required a sixty-foot chimney to remove the fumes!

If local authorities had the right to retain the business rates they collect, this would give them a direct incentive, apart from all the many social benefits, to nurture such working patterns.

As it is, a lot of the more creative start-up work in our society is done under the radar, almost as if work was a subversive activity. In great part this is because business rates are a penal advance tax on income that may never be earned, with no visible benefit in return.

It's good to see the Council taking action on these sneaky and substandard developments which degrade our neighbourhoods, but a pity that the logical next step is missing.
This house caught my eye back in the 80s precisely because of its convenient, if slightly shanty-like two-storey timber work unit next door. It's too small for a modern car, but ideal for a multitude of possible small business uses. Our older neighbourhoods were built with workplaces every few yards, scattered between the housing, whether corner shops, small builder's yards, stables or workshops. Increasingly what we like to call our 'villages' have now become dormitories, dead during the working day. We need to be encouraging a return to this older pattern, to decentralise our working practices, as commuting becomes more and more hellish. In an age of instant communication, we madly centralise more and more. We still zone areas according to activity rather than nuisance, as if all work required a sixty-foot chimney to remove the fumes! If local authorities had the right to retain the business rates they collect, this would give them a direct incentive, apart from all the many social benefits, to nurture such working patterns. As it is, a lot of the more creative start-up work in our society is done under the radar, almost as if work was a subversive activity. In great part this is because business rates are a penal advance tax on income that may never be earned, with no visible benefit in return. It's good to see the Council taking action on these sneaky and substandard developments which degrade our neighbourhoods, but a pity that the logical next step is missing. mdj
  • Score: 7

5:21pm Fri 5 Sep 14

cynicalsue says...

He'll still manage to cram a dozen or so illegals in there. Mark my words!
He'll still manage to cram a dozen or so illegals in there. Mark my words! cynicalsue
  • Score: 13

11:42pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

cynicalsue wrote:
He'll still manage to cram a dozen or so illegals in there. Mark my words!
As long as they are not heavier than 5 stone.
[quote][p][bold]cynicalsue[/bold] wrote: He'll still manage to cram a dozen or so illegals in there. Mark my words![/p][/quote]As long as they are not heavier than 5 stone. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

12:00am Sat 6 Sep 14

NDevoto says...

What about the narrow wood fronted "house"
in Exmouth Road E17, near Queens Road station?
Surely that can't be Legal?
What about the narrow wood fronted "house" in Exmouth Road E17, near Queens Road station? Surely that can't be Legal? NDevoto
  • Score: 3

6:48pm Sat 6 Sep 14

Lisa Fisher says...

A SCUM BAG THAT IS BROWN BREAD JOHHNY DONHOU USED TO DO THIS SORT OF THING. WE ARE SO GLAD HE HAS PEGGED IT AS HE WAS EVIL & KARMA EVENTUALLY GOT THE BAS&&&D. if ANYBODY DOESNT LIKE MY COMMENT FEEL FREE TO PUT YOUR ACTIONS WHERE YOUR GOBBY MOUTH IS & VISIT ME AT 22 MORGAN WAY, WOODFORD BRIDGE. SEE YOU ALL SOON & DON'T FORGET TO BRING SOME BOOZE & COCAINE WITH YOU. YOU ALL MUST BE INTO THAT IF YOU WERE FRIENDS WITH THAT KIDDIE FIDDLER
A SCUM BAG THAT IS BROWN BREAD JOHHNY DONHOU USED TO DO THIS SORT OF THING. WE ARE SO GLAD HE HAS PEGGED IT AS HE WAS EVIL & KARMA EVENTUALLY GOT THE BAS&&&D. if ANYBODY DOESNT LIKE MY COMMENT FEEL FREE TO PUT YOUR ACTIONS WHERE YOUR GOBBY MOUTH IS & VISIT ME AT 22 MORGAN WAY, WOODFORD BRIDGE. SEE YOU ALL SOON & DON'T FORGET TO BRING SOME BOOZE & COCAINE WITH YOU. YOU ALL MUST BE INTO THAT IF YOU WERE FRIENDS WITH THAT KIDDIE FIDDLER Lisa Fisher
  • Score: 1

6:34pm Wed 10 Sep 14

roundthetwist says...

NDevoto wrote:
What about the narrow wood fronted "house"
in Exmouth Road E17, near Queens Road station?
Surely that can't be Legal?
Why don't you contact the Council to find out then?
[quote][p][bold]NDevoto[/bold] wrote: What about the narrow wood fronted "house" in Exmouth Road E17, near Queens Road station? Surely that can't be Legal?[/p][/quote]Why don't you contact the Council to find out then? roundthetwist
  • Score: 1

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