A 12-week public consultation on whether selective licensing should be introduced in one area of Burnley, and existing schemes extended in three other areas, is about to be launched.
Selective licensing encourages landlords and residents to work together with the council and other partners to improve areas by improving the management of private rented properties, tackling anti-social behaviour and crime and increasing demand for housing.
Burnley Council wants to gather the views of residents, landlords and other interested parties before making a final decision in January 2019.
The consultation starts 3rd September and will run until 26th November.
The current Trinity, Gannow and Queensgate selective licensing areas are due to end in 2019. There is an improving picture within these areas with moderate rises in house prices, reducing empty properties and anti-social behavior along with environmental crime showing a downward trend.
Despite these improvements the proposed selective licensing areas are still in low housing demand, when compared to the borough. Not continuing with selective licensing at this stage would present a risk that these improvements will not be sustained or built upon.
The council is also proposing to introduce selective licensing in the Daneshouse and Stoneyholme area due to the low demand for housing and poor property conditions.
The council is using a number of measures to make sure it gets as much feedback as possible:
A questionnaire will be hand delivered to all houses in the proposed areas
- All known landlords operating in the proposed areas will be sent a letter inviting them to complete an online questionnaire
- The questionnaire is also available online and by email
- Drop-in sessions for residents (landlords and other parties are welcome to call in) are being held as follows:
Parkside Methodist Church, Cog Lane - 12th September and 17th October, both 3-7pm
St Matthew’s Church, St Matthew’s Street - 13th September 4-7pm, and 18th October 3-7pm
Gannow Community Centre - 18th September and 22nd October, both 3-6:30pm
Linkbridge Centre, Swinless Street - 25th September and 30th October, both 3-6:30pm.
Daneshouse with Stoneyholme
Chai Centre, Hurtley Street - 20th September 3-6pm and 29th October 2-5pm.
Two landlord events will be held on 2nd October and 12th November at Burnley Town Hall, both starting at 6pm (only one session need be attended).
Those landlords wanting to attend must book a place by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01282 425011 and ask for the selective licensing team.
Residents can also feedback views online as follows:
There are officers dealing directly with enquires available by phone on 01282 477234 or email email@example.com
Councillor John Harbour, the council’s executive member for housing and environment, said: “It’s important that residents and landlords particularly get involved with this consultation and tell us what they feel about a selective licensing scheme running in these areas.
“All the feedback will be taken into account before we make our decision, and the more information we have the better. That’s why the council is doing all it can to get that feedback.”
Further details about selective licensing are available at www.burnley.gov.uk/node/2153