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Reasons for Selective Licensing in Burnley

Trinity, Gannow, Queensgate and Daneshouse & Stoneyholme 2019-2024

On the 20th June 2019 the Secretary of State confirmed the Trinity, Gannow, Queensgate and Daneshouse and Stoneyholme designations which will come into force on 1st November 2019. The reasons for implementing the designations are detailed in the Statement of Case (see "Downloads").

Whilst there is an improving picture in the Trinity, Gannow and Queensgate selective licensing designation areas they are still in low housing demand.  Not continuing with selective licensing at this stage would present a risk that the improvements seen will not be sustained or built on. 

Proactive inspections in the proposed Daneshouse and Stoneyholme selective licensing area have shown that a significant number of privately rented properties are in poor condition and a high percentage of the properties have category 1 hazards, inadequate smoke detection and the absence of a Gas Safety Certificate. Selective licensing will help to improve these property conditions.

Burnley Wood with Healey Wood, Leyland Road area and Ingham and Lawrence Street area 2016-2021

On the 15th July 2016 the Secretary of State confirmed the Burnley Wood with Healey Wood, Leyland Road area and Ingham and Lawrence area designations which came into force on 15th November 2016. The reasons for implementing the designations are detailed in the Statement of Case (see "Downloads").

How will Selective Licensing help?

Pockets of significantly high numbers of private rented properties are exacerbating the problem of low demand through poor property management and poor housing conditions. Selective licensing will help to address the problems associated with low demand by compelling those landlords that are not operating to minimum required standards to improve the management practices and the condition of their properties. This will improve the housing offer which in turn will help improve the unpopular perspective that residents have of these neighbourhoods.

The continued introduction of selective licensing areas in Burnley is key to the Council's strategy to tackle low demand, improve the quality of homes within the borough and create a balanced housing market to support social and economic improvements.

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