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Businesses evicted to build new homes

A growing number of businesses in London are being evicted so their buildings can be turned into flats.

It follows a change to the law, which means full planning permission is no longer needed to convert commercial property in new homes.

Some councils are now criticising developers taking advantage of the situation to make a profit from the capital's booming housing prices.

Islington Council's executive member for housing and development, Councillor James Murray, said: "I'm very frustrated by the planning minister's decision to stop us doing what's right for Islington.

"We're already seeing small businesses and charities being evicted from offices to make way for bedsits. People in Islington are losing out on jobs, affordable housing, and any community benefit."