A Get Hampshire investigation has uncovered more buildings in Aldershot which are being used as bedsits without planning permission, including a former care home listed as a "building of local importance".
A pair of landlords are facing enforcement action from Rushmoor Borough Council (RBC) for converting Grasmere House in Cargate Avenue into 14 bedsits.
The former care home was granted House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) status in March for up to 23 people, but there is no planning permission in place for the conversion.
Now officers from RBC have launched an enforcement investigation against the owners and landlords, Jan Mohammed Mandozai and Mohammed Farooq Choudhary, known as Syd.
As previously reported, the two are also listed as the owners of the former Beehive pub, which has been transformed into six self-contained flats with further ongoing works, and is also under enforcement action from the council.
Mr Choudhary is also the landlord for 18 unauthorised bedsits at The Old Warehouse, off Victoria Road, for which he is facing action from the council.
Further investigation by Get Hampshire has found that Mr Choudhary is also facing enforcement action for a property in Alexandra Road, which was granted a HMO licence in 2012 for up to nine people, but does not have planning permission.
Last Tuesday, RBC’s development manager, John Thorne, said Grasmere House lies in a conservation area and is a "building of local importance2.
“We met with the owners last week and advised them again of the need for planning permission and the consequences of continuing the unauthorised use,” he said.
“They have suggested that a planning proposal is in preparation seeking to convert the building into self-contained flats. We have made them aware that enforcement action may be taken in the absence of satisfactory progress.”
He also confirmed that the Alexandra Road property is subject to an enforcement investigation.
At the time of going to press, Mr Choudhary was unavailable for comment.
He has previously told Get Hampshire he was simply providing accommodation for people in need of a home, asking ‘if I didn’t do this, where would people live?’ and blaming the council for ‘dragging its heels’ with a number of his planning applications. RBC has denied this.