British entrepreneur's 'porn disco' activities banned

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London, July 31 (ANI): A British entrepreneur has been banned from using a historic London house for activities including a 'porn disco', a sex party and pole dancing lessons.

Other events included film shoots, a fashion show and art fair, a wedding, a nightclub and a masquerade ball featuring stilt-walkers, fire jugglers and contortionists, reports the Telegraph.

Westminster City Council took legal proceedings against Edward Davenport over a series of high-profile events at 33 Portland Place, the five-storey 110-room former High Commission of Sierra Leone and Gambia.

Justice Eady was told that there had been "persistent and flagrant" planning breaches, with the 18th century Robert Adam mansion having been used for a number of years for commercial rather than residential purposes.

This impacted on neighbouring residential amenity to an "unacceptable degree", said the council, which won a temporary injunction in January.

In April, the council heard that the property had been used to host a commercial sex party, which charged 90 pounds upon arrival.

Davenport argued that throughout its history, the house had regularly been used for entertaining and social events - sometimes on a very grand scale.

He said that the use of the property, which costs 250,000 pounds a year to run, had not been sufficiently intensive to prejudice its primary use as residential premises.

He told the court: "It is not feasible to suggest that these activities are profitable or of a commercial nature and these activities cause no noise disturbance or have any impact on the neighbourhood."

The judge said he was satisfied the council had established that the requirements of the enforcement notice it served in 2006 had been breached.

There was nothing inherently wrong in Davenport hiring out parts of the building to make money and fund its upkeep, but it represented a change of use and would require planning permission.

Granting an order prohibiting unauthorised use, he concluded: "The council has a duty to enforce planning control and there seems to be no alternative way of achieving this effectively without the grant of an injunction." (ANI)

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