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Selective licensing set to be extended in Burnley

Councillors in Burnley are expected to extend the existing selective licensing schemes in Trinity, Gannow and Queensgate, as well as introduce a new scheme in Daneshouse with Stoneyholme.

Following on from a 12-week public consultation, the council’s executive will almost certainly renew the existing selective licenses in Trinity, Gannow and Queensgate, which are due to expire this year, while also making Daneshouse and Stoneyholme a selective licensing area for the next five years.

The consultation, which included resident and landlord questionnaires, a public event and leaflet distribution, ran from early September, and having considered the results, Burnley Council is of the opinion that selective licensing encourages landlords and residents to work together with the council and other partners to improve areas by tackling anti-social behaviour and crime.

Cllr John Harbour, the executive member for housing and environment, said: “The current schemes in Trinity, Gannow and Queensgate have been successful with moderate rises in house prices, reducing empty properties and anti-social behaviour, such as flytipping, showing a downward trend.

“We want to see that success continue which is why we’re considering building on the success of selective licensing in those areas and looking at proposals to introduce a new scheme in Daneshouse and Stoneyholme so people there can also see the benefits of closer partnership working between the council, private landlords and agents.”

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