Watch the shocking moment wrecking crews illegally rip down £800k home

EXCLUSIVE Shocking moment wrecking crew illegally tear down £800,000 semi-detached house in conservation area as neighbours left living next to building site tell of their hell

  • Mohammed Ali Khan got a contractor to abolish his house without permission
  • Now his neighbours have spoken out about the home’s nightmare demolition 

Neighbours of £800,000 house illegally knocked down have spoken of their nightmare after a wrecking crew tore the semi detached home apart.

And they say they have been forced to live with a ‘building site’ next door to their homes in a quiet leafy street while fearing what the owner will do next with the property.

Mohammed Ali Khan was fined £6,000 by magistrates for illegally ordering the demolition of the 1930s built semi.

The care home boss had been given approval to knock down an attached garage – but instructed a demolition crew to reduce the home to a pile of bricks and rubble.

Only the façade of the home remains and is held up by scaffolding. One neighbour said: ‘It has been a nightmare. The whole of the house was torn apart in about four days.

A before and after show how the £800,000 was illegally ripped down by its owner, Mohammed Ali Khan. Only the facade of the property now remains, which is held up by scaffolding

The back garden of the home before it was ripped down and ‘turned into a building site’

‘Mr Khan had applied to knock down a garage as it had asbestos in the roofing, but he had his men take apart the whole house.’

Another neighbour, whose home adjoins Mr Khan’s property, said her loft has been infested with vermin.

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Her house, which she has lived in for over 40 years, has not suffered any structural damage, but she is forced to look at ugly grey hoardings surrounding the property in Isleworth, West London.

‘Most people look out on to a pretty garden with flowers. I have grey hoardings. It is so ugly,’ said the elderly neighbour who asked not to be named

‘The house has to be re-built and I just want to make sure that the façade stays the same. We are a pair, and anything else will just look odd. We are in a conservation area and I just hope that Mr Khan complies with whatever the council decided.

‘But we will have to suffer more noise and disruption when the house is rebuilt.’

The semi was bought by Mr Khan three years ago for £725,000. It remained empty until in January last year a demolition crew turned up.

Neighbours expected the garage to be knocked down – but instead the entire house was destroyed. 

Mr Khan has been fined more than £6,000 after the council said he got a contractor to demolish the three-bed semi-detached property without permission to do so

The demolition crew failed to protect one neighbours fence which ended up being damaged by falling masonry.

Council chiefs ordered a halt to the work after being alerted to the illegal demolition.

Mr Khan, who runs a care home 100 yards from the house, failed to apply for planning permission.

In his original planning application submitted in 2020 he requested to build a side extension and convert the loft space into a room.

He also wanted to construct an outbuilding to house a gym and sauna.

Hounslow council chiefs granted permission for the work in 2020.

Before being bulldozed, this is what one of the bedrooms inside the  £800,000 property used to look 

And downstairs, this is what one of the living rooms in the 1930s-built semi-detached property once looked like before being turned to rubble by bulldozers 

Khan, 45, appeared before magistrates in October where he denied two charges of breaching the Building Act 1984.

But at Uxbridge Magistrates Court last month, Khan was found guilty and ordered to pay a fine of £6,043.34.

The council said that despite the prosecution, there is still a ‘dangerous structure notice’ in place and this will stay until the remaining front facade is removed or the house is re-built.

Councillor Tom Bruce, cabinet member for regeneration and development at Hounslow Council, called Khan ‘flagrant and reckless’ for carrying out the illegal work.

According to Hounslow Council planning department no plans for a re-build of the home have yet to be submitted.

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