Wirral Council - Designation of an area for Selective Licensing Section 80, Housing Act 2004

Notice is hereby given that on the 18th day of October 2018 Wirral Council in exercise of its powers under Section 80 of the Housing Act 2004 (“the Act”) designated 4 areas, namely parts of Birkenhead and Seacombe described in the Schedule below as being subject to selective licensing from 1st April 2019.

The designation may be inspected between 9:00 and 17:00 on weekdays at Wirral Council’s address, which is:

Wirral Council
Housing Services
Town Hall
South Annexe
Brighton Street
CH44 8ED

Tel: 0151 691 8114 or email: selectivelicensing@wirral.gov.uk

If you are a landlord, a person managing a property, or a tenant of a property within the areas of the designation you are advised to seek advice from the Council on whether your property is affected by the designation.

If you wish to do this to obtain a licence or if you require a licence application or any general advice regarding the designation you are advised to contact the Selective Licensing Team within Housing Services at the address, telephone or email above.

The designation falls within a description of designations for which the Secretary of State has issued a General Approval under Section 82 of the Act, namely the Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation and Selective Licensing of Other Residential Accommodation (England) General Approval 2015. Therefore the designation need not be confirmed and will come into force on 1st April 2019 and unless previously revoked, this designation shall cease to have effect on 31st March 2024.

Upon the designation coming into force on 1st April 2019 any person having control of or managing a licensable property without a licence is liable to prosecution under Section 95(1) of the Act and upon summary conviction is liable to an unlimited fine or under Section 249A a financial penalty not exceeding £30,000.  In addition, such a person may be required, pursuant to a rent repayment order, to repay up to 12 months’ rent under the provisions of Section 96 and Section 97 of the Act.


The designation shall have effect to any property situated, at any time during the designation, within the Lower Super Output Areas listed below.  A copy plan of the areas affected and a copy of this notice will be posted on the Wirral Council website and on notice boards in Wirral Council buildings in or nearest to the areas subject to the designation.

Area 1 Birkenhead Central (LSOA E01007128)

This includes properties in:
Beckwith Street East, Borough Road, Brookland Road, Cardigan Avenue, Carlisle Mews, Charing Cross, Circular Road, Clarendon Close, Claughton Road, Clayton Place, Clifton Road, Conway Street, Corfu Street, Dover Close, Eastbourne Road, Elm Street, Exmouth Close, Exmouth Street, Fearnley Road, Grange Road, Grange Road West, Hazel Road, Hollybank Road, Lowwood Grove, Lowwood Road, Maritime Park, Menai Street, Milton Pavement, Oxton Road, Parkfield Avenue, Parkfield Place, Simpson Street, Sisters Way, St John Street, St Laurence Close, St Laurence Drive, The Woodlands, Warwick Close, Whetstone Lane.

Area 2 Birkenhead West (LSOA E01007127)

This includes properties in:
Alvanley Place, Bentinck Close, Bentinck Place, Bentinck Street, Cathcart Street, Claughton Road, Claughton Place, Cole Street, Conway Drive, Conway Street, Craven Street, Craven Close, Edgar Court, Exmouth Way, Exmouth Gardens, Fox Street, Gladstone Close, Grange Road West, Grange Place, Hilton Close, Keightley Street, Knowles Street, Park Road East, Park Close, Paterson Street.

Area 3 Hamilton Square (LSOA E01007126)

This includes properties in:
Albion Street, Argyle Street, Athol Street, Birchwood Avenue, Birchwood Close, Bridge Street, Brook Street, Brook Street East, Brunswick Mews, Castle Street, Cathcart Street, Chester Street, Church Street, Cleveland Street, Clifton Crescent, Conway Street, Corporation Road, Cross Street, Dacre Street, Douglas Street, Duncan Street, Gertrude Street, Grange Road, Grange Road East, Hamilton Square, Hamilton Street, Hornby Street, John Street, Kinmel Close, Lord Street, Lorn Street, Market Street, Mortimer Street, Park Street, Pool Street, Price Street, Priory Wharf, St Anne Street, St Annes Close, St Annes Way, Water Street, Watson Street, Wood Close, Wood Street.

Area 4 Seacombe St Pauls (LSOA E01007273)

This includes properties in:
Acacia Grove, Belle Vue Road, Birkenhead Rd, Briardale Rd, Bridle Avenue, Bridle Rd, Church Crescent, Church Rd, Geneva Rd, Hawthorne Grove, James Street, Lever Avenue, Lucerne Rd, Luke Street, Matthew Close, Matthew Street, New Street, Norman Road, North William Street, Oakdale Avenue, Palatine Road, Palermo Close, Percy Road, Peter Street, Primrose Grove, St Pauls Avenue, St Pauls Road, Vernon Avenue, Vivian Avenue, Wheatland Lane, William Street.

Dated 18th October 2018
Philip McCourt
Director of Governance and Assurance
Wirral Council