Planning enforcement action against short-term lets

Mark Wilding made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Lancaster City Council as part of a batch sent to 366 authorities

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Dear Lancaster City Council,

I’m seeking details of enforcement action taken by your authority’s planning team in relation to properties offered for short-term lets via platforms such as Airbnb.

Please could you provide the following under the Freedom of Information Act:

The number of planning enforcement notices issued by your authority in relation to short-term lets in each financial year from 2011/12 to 2018/19.

The number of planning contravention notices issued by your authority in relation to short-term lets in each financial year from 2011/12 to 2018/19.

If available, please also provide the number of informal warnings issued by your authority’s planning team in relation to short-term lets in each financial year from 2011/12 to 2018/19.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Wilding

info, Lancaster City Council

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Dear Mr Wilding,

I write to confirm receipt of your request for information, which was
received on 24th April 2019 and is now being processed under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000. Your request has been given the unique reference
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Amy Holland

Information Governance Manager

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info, Lancaster City Council

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Dear Mr Wilding,

Freedom of Information Request - Ref: FOI 2533

Thank you for your request received on 24th April 2019, please accept our
apologies for the delay in responding to you.

 

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

 

Response

 

The below information is obtained from the Enforcement Register which can
be viewed at:
[1]https://www.lancaster.gov.uk/assets/atta...

The number of planning enforcement notices issued by your authority in
relation to short-term lets in each financial year from 2011/12 to
2018/19.?

11/12 – not recorded
12/13 – not recorded

13/14 – not recorded

14/15 – none as per Register

15/16 – none as per Register (except one relating to Student
accommodation)

16/17 – none as per Register (except one relating to Student
accommodation)

17/18 – none as per Register

18/19 – none as per Register

The number of planning contravention notices issued by your authority in
relation to short-term lets in each financial year from 2011/12 to
2018/19?

11/12 - 0

12/13 - 0

13/14 - 0

14/15 - 0

15/16 - 0

16/17 - 0

17/18 - 0

18/19 – 1 (This is not recorded on the systems so that it is retrievable
using the above keywords, but I can confirm the allegation was short term
/ Air bnb use)

 

If available, please also provide the number of informal warnings issued
by your authority’s planning team in relation to short-term lets in each
financial year from 2011/12 to 2018/19.

o We are not familiar with the term ‘informal warning’ in a planning
context

 

 

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Jenni McGrath

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