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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 June, 2005, 11:16 GMT 12:16 UK
160k price for laundry 'house'
Andrew Markey outside the proposed house
Mr Markey used to live in the main property
A former laundry room and kitchen could be turned into an 8ft wide one- bedroomed townhouse worth 160,000 if its owner gets the go-ahead.

Andrew Markey, 60, lived in the large Victorian property it is attached to in north London but has since turned the main building into 11 bedsits.

Haringey Council has so far refused planning permission for the conversion saying it would appear "cramped".

A small two-bedroomed house in a nearby street is on the market for 355,000.

Mr Markey does not agree with the council saying the house, in Haringey Park, would be created out of what is already there and has vowed to fight on.

He told BBC News: "It just seems to me daft when there's such a demand for housing. People are short of homes. This is just being wasted at the moment as it is.

"I think it's socially irresponsible to leave it as it is and I'm just a little bit disappointed that we don't get more help from the local authority when we are trying to build new homes for people."

The house would consist of a lounge about 21ft deep and a kitchen 15ft deep on the ground floor, with a small bedroom and bathroom above.

Mr Markey would rent the property out if he is allowed to go-ahead.

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