Dan Peters 19 October 2023

Newham wins landmark cladding removal case

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Newham LBC has become the first council in Britain to successfully prosecute a building owner for failing to remove flammable cladding.

In a verdict delivered yesterday, deputy chief magistrate at City of London Magistrates Court Tan Ikram, ruled against Chaplair Ltd for failing to meet a deadline to remove dangerous cladding from its Lumiere building on Romford Road in Forest Gate.

The council took legal action using its powers under the Housing Act 2004 after Chaplair Ltd failed to remove dangerous cladding on the Lumiere building by the 31 March 2021 deadline imposed in an improvement notice issued by the council in September 2020.

Mayor of Newham Rokhsana Fiaz said: ‘Through our Newham Cladding Action campaign to protect the rights of residents in our borough, we have zero tolerance for owners of buildings delaying essential life-saving fire safety work.

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