Newham councillor investigated over property scandal

Councillor Noor suspended from Labour Party Group of Councillors

Councillor Noor suspended from Labour Party Group of Councillors - Credit: Archant

A councillor has been suspended from Newham’s Labour Party Group of Councillors after being served with an enforcement notice.

Cllr Ahmed Noor, who represents the Plaistow South ward, was served with an enforcement notice for 238 Romford Road – a property he owns – after it was converted from a commercial property to a “house of multiple occupation” without planning permission.

According to the enforcement notice, served in April and seen by the Recorder, the property was converted in the past 10 years and “provides a poor quality of accommodation which is to the detriment of the persons who reside there”.

A Newham Council spokeswoman said the matter was under investigation, adding: “Following a visit to a commercial property, planning enforcement officers reported the property to London Fire Brigade and issued an planning enforcement notice.”

Mr Noor owns five properties in the borough.

A Newham Labour Party spokesman said: “Ahmed Noor has been placed on suspension from the Labour Party Group of Councillors without prejudice pending a full investigation by the Labour group whip.”