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WESTMINSTER PLANNERS FEAR BROTHEL TASK

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Planners could have to control prostitutes, Westminster City Council fears....
Planners could have to control prostitutes, Westminster City Council fears.

Planning director Gordon Chard is awaiting a response seven months on to a query he sent to the then Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, over problems posed by plans allowing up to three prostitutes to work from the same premises.

The Home Office suggested the move in January, which it said would encourage prostitutes off the streets.

But Westminster said this change would effectively move enforcement from the police to planners, as running a legal brothel would be a change of use under planning law.

Mr Chard said: 'Residents groups are worried about the prospect of living next door to a mini-brothel or indeed several concentrated together.'

The Department for Communities & Local Government said a response letter had been sent.

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