Consultation outcome

Property owners and business improvement districts

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Property owners and business improvement districts: summary of consultation responses and government response

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Detail of outcome

A summary responses and the government response to the consultation on property owners and business improvement districts.

Original consultation

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Summary

This consultation considers how the role of property owners, who are not ratepayers, can be formalised in business improvement districts.

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Property owners and business improvement districts: formalising the role of property owners, who are not ratepayers, in business improvement district schemes

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Consultation description

Currently, property owners can make voluntary contributions towards a ratepayer business improvement district and some do. However, others choose not to make a contribution but still benefit from the success of a business improvement district.

Mary Portas, in her independent report into the future of high streets, recommended that the government should legislate to allow landlords to become high street investors by contributing to their business improvement district.

The report argued that landlords, as critical long-term stakeholders should be able to make contributions and have a voice.

The government recognises the views of the business improvement district community and Mary Portas, that property owner business improvement districts could strengthen the part that landlords play in the future of the high street and in promoting growth - and committed to look at formalising the role of owners in response to a Portas Review recommendation.

This consultation seeks views on a framework for allowing such schemes.