Date
29 May 2017
This four-meter wide former service road can be yours for about HK$4.4 million. It has planning permission for a two-story house with a basement. Photo: BBC News
This four-meter wide former service road can be yours for about HK$4.4 million. It has planning permission for a two-story house with a basement. Photo: BBC News

£400,000 gets you this hole between two buildings in London

A HK$4.4 million flat in Hong Kong is not hard to imagine — it would be about average.

But for that amount of money, you get a hole between two buildings in West London.

Developers are waging a bidding war after the former service road went up for sale with planning permission for a two-story house, BBC News reports.

The four-meter wide gap between two brownstones on Leysfield Road in Shepherd’s Bush is being sold for £400,000 (US$578,000) by its owners who live in an adjoining building.

The owners had hoped to build into the gap but decided to sell after their extension plan was turned down.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council said the new building would help provide “much needed” additional housing in the area.

The plot had generated high interest from a number of developers and was sold subject to contract to a UK-based buyer, it added.

Its current owners, Paul and Debbie Potts, twice had plans for a new two-storey home rejected for the site, but were finally successful on 11 November 2015.

Earlier objections included engineering concerns about the basement construction and issues with the parking provision.

The site was previously owned by Hammersmith and Fulham Council but was sold to the Pottses in 1999.

Architect Robert Barnes said his clients originally wanted to create a double-fronted aspect for their existing home but were told any extension must not look as though it was attached to their property.

Barnes said he was then given a new brief to design a separate home in the gap that conformed to the London Plan’s standards introduced by the former mayor Boris Johnson, setting out guidelines for minimum space and room sizes for new homes.

Barnes’ design allows for a three-bedroom home with about 102 square meters of internal space, plus a front and back garden.

An even narrower house measuring about 2.1 metes was put up for sale for £200,000 in Haringey, north London in 2014.

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