Each month, we put together a list of Councils that are currently consulting on plans to introduce, renew or extend licensing schemes.
This month, several more licensing consultations have launched, in Islington and Wirral.
We recently reported on the Government rejecting proposals to introduce a licensing scheme in Stoke. We responded to the consultation on the plans, raising several concerns about them. You can read more about this here, and see below for our list of live licensing consultations.
Current licensing consultations
Rotherham-selective licensing [closes 8th September]
Rotherham Council is considering the future of Selective Licensing in Eastwood and Rotherham Town Centre, Masbrough, Dinnington and Maltby South East. These current designations come to an end in April 2020 and the Council is consulting on proposals to designate parts of these again for a further 5 years.
The Council is also considering designating part of Little London in Maltby as a Selective Licensing Area. The consultation closes on 8th September 2019, and landlords are invited to have their say on the plans in an online survey here
Havering – additional licensing [Closes 20th September]
The London Borough of Havering is proposing to introduce an additional licensing scheme, which will add to the existing HMO licensing scheme that is already in force. The proposed scheme will include the remaining six wards in Havering that are not already covered, including Cranham, Upminster, St Andrews, Emerson Park, Hacton, and Hylands.
As well as introducing additional licensing, the Council is proposing to implement a selective licensing scheme in the wards of Romford Town and Brooklands. This means that if the scheme gets the go ahead, ALL private rented properties rented to a single family or household or two unrelated people, would be required to be licensed. This consultation closes on 20th September 2019 and landlords can respond to the consultation here.
Tower Hamlets-Article 4 Direction consultation [Closes 26th September]
Tower Hamlet’s Council is proposing to introduce two new Article 4 Directions that will remove certain permitted development rights.
An Article 4 Direction is proposed that would remove existing permitted development rights and would require a planning application to be submitted for proposals to dwelling houses (C3 use class) to small Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) accommodating between 3 and 6 people (C4 use class). This direction would apply to the whole of Tower Hamlets.
If confirmed, the Article 4 Direction would enable the Council to use its planning powers to manage the future development of small scale HMOs and for local people to have their say on individual planning applications.
Another Article 4 Direction is being proposed, that would require planning be sought before shops or professional services in the town centre are converted into residential dwellings.
To have your say in this consultation and read more about the proposals, check this out.
Bassetlaw District Council-selective licensing [closes 10th October]
Bassetlaw District Council is consulting with local tenants, residents, landlords and letting agents over proposals to introduce Selective Licensing for privately rented housing in the designated areas of Worksop South East, Worksop Central and Worksop Sandy Lane. A full list of streets that would be covered by the proposed licensing scheme is available online here, as well as details on how to respond.
Wirral-selective licensing [closes 14th October]
Wirral Council is currently consulting on both re-designating four existing licensing areas due to expire at the end of June 2020 – Birkenhead South, Egerton North, Egremont Promenade South and Seacombe Library
and extending selective licensing to two further areas (Egremont South and Tranmere Lairds) to help drive up the quality of rented accommodation in parts of Birkenhead and Wallasey. Have your say on the plans here.
Islington-additional licensing and selective licensing [closes 3rd November]
Islington council has opened a consultation on additional and selective licensing. The council is proposing to introduce borough-wide additional licensing, while the proposed selective licensing scheme will cover all the properties in the Finsbury Park ward that are not already covered by mandatory licensing. Landlords can read more about the consultation and have their say on the council’s website here.
The RLA’s recent consultation responses
The RLA aims to respond to all local authority licensing consultations. In August, we responded to Lewisham Council’s consultation on plans to introduce borough-wide licensing.