Approval for a selective licensing scheme in Barnsley was granted in February 2018 following a period of statutory consultation, after which landlord groups made significant approaches to us to ask that consideration be given to an alternative approach. The final 'hybrid' scheme brought before cabinet attempted to achieve a compromise, with landlord representatives allowing an element of self-governance.
Once granted, one of the landlord groups challenged the proposal, the process followed and the criteria and evidence presented. The council sought legal advice which confirmed we had followed due process.
Due to the numerous additional delays created through challenges and Freedom of Information requests, it's felt that the evidence originally presented to justify a scheme could potentially be deemed to now be outdated.
For these reasons it's proposed that the current scheme is no longer taken forward. We're exploring the option of further up-to-date data to implement a scheme, where there's evidence to do so.