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Plans To Introduce 'Scarborough South' Selective Licensing Scheme

Plans To Introduce 'Scarborough South' Selective Licensing Scheme

Published by Karen Liu at 9:04am 3rd May 2020. (Updated at 6:49am 4th May 2020)

A selective licensing scheme to improve the safety and quality of private rented accommodation in parts of Scarborough’s Weaponness and Ramshill ward is being recommended for approval.

Scarborough Borough Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve the introduction of the ‘Scarborough South’ scheme, which is set to benefit the quality of life of residents throughout the ward, at its next meeting on 12 May.

Selective Licensing is where all privately rented properties within a designated area have to be licensed by the council. The scheme would ensure that properties are managed effectively and meet minimum standards including gas safety, property management and energy performance. It also includes conditions aimed at addressing anti-social behaviour.

72% of people who took part in a public consultation between January and March, either agreed or strongly agreed with the proposal to introduce the scheme. The consultation included residents in the streets immediately surrounding the scheme’s designated area.

If introduced, the Scarborough South scheme would be delivered in partnership with the Community Impact Team, which includes the council’s Community Safety Team, North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

Cllr Carl Maw, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities and Housing said:

“We welcome this recommendation coming before Cabinet. The proposed scheme seeks to improve the quality of life for tenants in the designated area and neighbouring residents too. 

We have seen in other parts of Scarborough where selective licensing has made a significant positive difference to the lives of the local community. This will be one of the key factors we will be considering when we discuss the report on 12 May.”

Two other areas in Scarborough are already covered by selective licensing; Scarborough North and Scarborough Central. Introduction of the Scarborough South scheme would therefore take the council’s use of selective licensing to more than 20% of privately rented homes in the borough. In these circumstances, legislation sets out that approval from the Secretary of State is required.

A minimum period of three months must follow any Secretary of State approval before a scheme can take effect. The council is anticipating that the earliest the Scarborough South scheme could be introduced is February 2021 but this could be subject to change due to the ongoing government focus on Coronavirus.

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