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Selective licensing and conditions

Jonathan Manning analyses an important Court of Appeal ruling on selective licensing and the power of local authorities to impose conditions.

News headlines

Mar 01, 2018

Resident to crowd fund legal action over council policy on strip clubs

A local resident is trying to raise £5,000 through crowdfunding to challenge Sheffield City Council’s new policy on licensing sex entertainment venues, shops and cinemas.
Feb 28, 2018

Bar owner to pay £10k in fines and costs after breaching noise abatement notice

A bar and restaurant proprietor in Gosport who repeatedly breached a noise abatement notice has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 in fines and costs.
Feb 23, 2018

LGA calls for minimum £30k fine for rogue landlords

Rogue landlords who commit housing offences should be fined a minimum of £30,000 by magistrates as part of common sentencing guidelines to improve standards in the private rental sector, the Local Government Association has said.
Feb 15, 2018

Met Police to scrap borough model in favour of 12 basic command units

The Metropolitan Police Service is to replace its current 32 borough model by merging them into 12 Basic Command Units (BCUs).
Feb 08, 2018

High Court judge quashes intended use policy for private hire drivers

A High Court judge has this week quashed Knowsley Borough Council's intended use policy for private hire drivers, which required them to sign a declaration that they intended to drive predominantly in its area.

Features and analysis

Context is king

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Tim Briton looks at how licensing authorities - and their lawyers - can reach the "right" decisions in the absence of specific guidance from the law.

When is a breach of tenancy “relevant”?

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The High Court has considered the proper interpretation of s7 Housing Act 1988 in a recent appeal. Jane Talbot analyses the ruling.

The Agent of Change principle

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What are the implications of the 'Agent of Change' principle? Gareth Hughes explains.

Taxi licensing policy quashed

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A North West council’s intended use policy for private hire drivers was quashed this week. Philip Kolvin QC explains why.

Older articles

Feb 07, 2018

Review backs use of community protection notices over possessions of homeless

A review by Oxford City Council has supported its policy of using community protection notices (CPN) when piles of possessions are left by homeless people in public places.
Feb 02, 2018

Institute of Licensing consults on guidance on suitability of taxi, PHV applicants

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) has launched a consultation on proposed guidance on determining the suitability of applicants and licensees in the hackney and private hire trades.
Jan 15, 2018

DEFRA consults on allowing councils to fine people over fly-tipping

Local authorities could have the option of fining those whose waste ends up fly-tipped or illegally dumped rather than having to pursue them through the courts, under proposals put out for consultation by the Government today.
Jan 15, 2018

London borough launches judicial review challenge over police station closures

A London borough is to bring a judicial review challenge against the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service over a decision to close police buildings.
Jan 12, 2018

Dealing with nuisance premises

How do local authorities deal with premises causing a nuisance? Paddy Whur explains the approach taken in proceedings brought by one London borough.
Jan 11, 2018

LGA backs Private Members Bill reforming laws on noise pollution

The Local Government Association has backed a cross-party campaign which would see a person or business responsible for a change in noise conditions being held responsible for managing that change.
Jan 10, 2018

Independent Office for Police Conduct takes over as police service watchdog

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has replaced the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as the police service watchdog.
Jan 09, 2018

Council mulls consultation on public space protection order to protect health clinic

The Cabinet at the London Borough of Ealing will next week (16 January) consider whether to authorise a consultation on a possible Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) around a Marie Stopes clinic.
Jan 05, 2018

Leader urges police to use Vagrancy Act 1824 ahead of Royal Wedding

The Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead has written to the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley calling for the use of The Vagrancy Act 1824 or the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 in tackling…
Dec 29, 2017

Home Office consults on rules to prevent ‘boomerang bosses’ in fire services

The Government is to consult on new rules which it says will crack down on the employment of ‘boomerang bosses’ in England’s fire and rescue services.
Dec 29, 2017

Revised guidance tells councils to use PSPOs only for genuinely anti-social behaviour

The Home Office has issued revised statutory guidance for the police and councils on the use of powers in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, saying the changes would make sure these tools are used only to tackle behaviour which…
Dec 19, 2017

North West council set to ditch proposal for ‘swearing ban’ in town centre

A report prepared for Rochdale Borough Council’s Cabinet on proposals for a public spaces protection order (PSPO) has recommended removing a planned prohibition on the use of foul and abusive language.
Dec 18, 2017

Review of refugee murder finds collective failure, evidence of institutional racism

A multi-agency learning review into the murder of disabled Iranian refugee Bijan Ebrahimi in Bristol four years ago has accused the local council and police force of a “collective failure”, with evidence of both discriminatory behaviour and…
Dec 15, 2017

Common assault after meeting

The High Court has rejected a claim that a defendant's conviction for common assault after she had been escorted out of a meeting of a local Police & Crime Panel was unsafe. Claire Booth explains why.
Dec 13, 2017

Sheffield lifts suspension of Uber licence, but York refuses to renew

Sheffield City Council has lifted its suspension of ride-hailing app Uber’s operating licence after what it described as “productive discussions” with the company.
Dec 01, 2017

Operating hours and restaurant conditions

Southwark Council has fought off a challenge by the operator of Rock Island Bar and Grill who sought to extend its operating hours and remove the “restaurant condition” from its premises licence just six months after it was granted. Gary Grant…
Nov 27, 2017

Draft Drone Bill to hand police powers to tackle unsafe and criminal use

A draft Drone Bill, to be published in spring 2018, will hand the police new powers to prevent the unsafe or criminal use of drones, the Government has announced.
Nov 27, 2017

Minister orders review into harassment and intimidation near abortion clinics

The Home Secretary has ordered an in-depth assessment of protests outside abortion clinics following concerns about the tactics of some protesters.
Nov 21, 2017

Home Office faces High Court hearing over policy on rough sleeping EEA nationals

The High Court is today [21 November] set to begin hearing a judicial review challenge to the Home Office’s policy towards rough sleeping EEA nationals.
Nov 17, 2017

Taxis, software and cross-border bookings

The Administrative Court has dismissed a council's appeal over a judge's dismissal of its prosecution of a private hire company over cross-border bookings. James Goudie QC explains why.


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