A Westminster Council owned house at 109 Lisson Grove which been empty since November 2010, losing the Council £20,000 in lost rent and rates, is now to be sold after the Council failed to come up with a refurbishment proposal to turn the property into two flats.
Plans to convert this long vacant house in Lisson Grove to two 3 bedroom flats for rent, have been scrapped after the Council said it was too difficult to convert the Victorian property.
Councillors have been told that;
“Owing to planning barriers and the costs involved in converting 109 Lisson Grove to two family sized homes, it is now recommended by Officers that this Grade II listed 4 bed property which is currently void be disposed of on the open market”
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“It is unbelievable that Westminster Conservatives can leave a house empty for two and a half years and then claim that it is not possible to convert it to two flats. There are many hundreds of listed Victorian houses all over Westminster that have been given planning permission for conversion to flats. This is either Council incompetence or an excuse to sell this house to the highest bidder rather than house local families in housing need.”
“If the Council cannot organise the conversion of a vacant single house on Lisson Grove how can anyone believe that it has the ability to deliver the regeneration of entire estates in Church Street, Westbourne Green, Tollgate Gardens or Ebury Bridge?”