illegal hotel on Hassett Rd, E9

The hotel has been operating illegally for 2 years and planning permission is now being recommended by the planning officers despite:(a) objections lodged against multiple applications(b) an enforcement notice in 2011 to shut down the ‘hotel'(c) the fact that the application is against Hackney Planning regulationsHassett Road is a quiet residential neighbourhood, and the houses in the immediate vicinity are almost exclusively populated by young families and an aged care home. The hotel, or rather hostel, which offers rooms at incredibly low prices – the rooms have been reviewed on places like laterooms.com as ‘disgusting’.More info on the story so far: http://sacredheartlodge.blogspot.co.uk/Petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/hackney-council-shut-illegal-hotel-in-homerton Here’s the letter to the council:

Reject application to convert 100 Hassett Road E9 to a Hotel (ref 2011/3477 & 2011/3478)

Dear Steve Fraser-Lim

I just signed the following petition addressed to: Hackney Council Planning and Regulatory Services.—————-Reject application to convert 100 Hassett Road E9 to a Hotel (ref 2011/3477 & 2011/3478)The former convent and listed building at 100 Hassett Road has been illegally operating as a hotel for almost 2 years during which time Hackney Council has failed to shut down its operation despite issuing an enforcement notice against its use.Planning permission is now being recommended by the planning officers despite objections lodged against multiple applications and despite the application being against Hackney Planning regulations.Hassett Road is a quiet residential neighbourhood and the houses in the immediate vicinity are almost exclusively populated by young families and an aged care home. The hotel or rather hostel which offers rooms at incredibly low prices has been attracting undesirable clientele to the area in addition to causing traffic and parking problems. Some of the rooms also look directly into private bedrooms and gardens.We understand that other councils such as Newham Camden and Westminster are making greater efforts to shut down such operations ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games and we are concerned that if Hackney Council does not do likewise this sets a worrying precedent for other neighbourhoods across Hackney.We urge the planning committee to reject the planning officer’s recommendation and reject these planning applications.—————-Sincerely

[Your name]”