The Executive Director of Economic Development and Communities submitted a report that gave an update on the additional consultation carried out on the fee structure for the Selective Landlord Licensing scheme in North Ormesby, and sought approval for designation of the area (Appendix A) to enable scheme implementation to be progressed.
The Housing Act 2004 gave the Council powers to introduce Selective Licensing (over a five year period) for privately rented properties in areas experiencing low housing demand and/or significant and persistent anti-social behaviour. The purpose of such schemes was to improve standards of property management in the private rented sector, which, when combined with other measures, should lead to improved social and economic conditions in the designed area.
Executive approval was received to develop and carry out consultation on the proposed Selective Licensing Scheme for North Ormesby (with Early Help) and further approval was given in response to updated proposals to implement the scheme, subject to a further short period of stakeholder consultation being conducted on the specific issue of fee structure and payment. A summary report of the outcome of that additional consultation was provided at Appendix 1 of the report, and the implementation report provided as Appendix 2.
The majority of responses welcomed attempts to halt the decline and reverse the low demand issues in the proposed designated area, but it was also recognised that licensing alone was unlikely to resolve low housing demand, crime and anti-social behaviour in North Ormesby, lending weight to the argument that a combination of activities would be needed to bring about the change required.
that the responses received from scheme stakeholders as a result of the additional consultation period be noted and recommended responses be approved; and
that formal designation of the specified area of North Ormesby to enable scheme implementation and operational delivery be approved.
The decision was supported by the following reason:
The introduction of Selective Licensing (include Early Help) is considered to have the potential to make a major contribution to addressing social and economic issues as part of the North Ormesby Neighbourhood Action Plan.