A landlady has been ordered to demolish a ‘bed in a shed’ development in her garden after an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate failed.

Abida Shafique. who owns a property in Liverpool Road, Leyton, has been given three months to destroy the dwelling, which was first spotted by council officers two years ago.

By December 2013, Ms Shafique was issued an Enforcement Notice ordering her to stop using the outbuilding as residential accommodation.

She was told to remove all items associated with the residential use including the bed, wardrobe and drawers and demolish the structure.

However, the landlady was not prepared to accept the notice and appealed the decision to the national Planning Inspectorate.

On January 15, the appeal was dismissed enforcement notice upheld.

The inspectorate stated: “[The dwelling] has an unacceptable impact upon the living conditions of occupiers of the host dwelling and neighbouring properties by reason of loss of outlook and the provision of private amenity space.

“The alleged use in such close proximity to the host dwelling and its neighbours is likely to cause noise and disturbance through the comings and goings of occupiers.”

Councillor Clyde Loakes, deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, said Ms Shafique and others who build beds in sheds are taking advantage of vulnerable people.

He said: “Yet again a landlord who thought they were above the rules and regulations that apply to all of us has come a cropper.

“The reality of these sorts of developments is that vulnerable residents are exploited and provided with shoddy and inappropriate accommodation and this Council will simply not stand for that."