Members of the public are being given the chance to speak out on the issue of short term holiday lettings, including companies such as Airbnb, at an upcoming B&NES Council meeting.
Locals are being invited to speak at the September meeting of B&NES Council’s Planning Housing and Economic Development’ Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel.
Councillor Will Sandry, who chairs the panel, has called for members of the public to register to speak, so that a range of views can be gathered.
He said: “The issue of short term holiday lettings will mean different things to different people. For some, they are a weekend “party house” next door, which may cause disturbance, for others they represent a loss of potential affordable housing in the private rented market.
“Many people do make a living from the informal short term lettings market, either running or housekeeping the properties.
“But, on the other hand, Airbnb and similar marketplaces are seen as unfair competition by Hotels and B&Bs, due to the lack of regulation and taxation.
“This discussion is important, so that councillors and members of the public can understand what can or can’t be done by the council and what additional powers may be needed from Government.
“One option could be to ask central government to give us the powers to require a licensing scheme to improve quality.
“Councillors want to hear a range of views to help their understanding of the issues. It’s really helpful if people could register to speak, please contact the council to book a slot.
“If you are unable to register in advance, it may be possible to speak on the day, at the chair’s discretion.”
The Planning, Housing and Economic Development’ Panel is on on Tuesday, 11th September, at 2pm in the Kaposvar Room at the Guildhall, High Street, Bath.
The agenda will be available on the council’s website.
The panel is also keen to hear from people and stakeholders who have a view on this issue. There will be a speaking slot from approximately 2.30pm with speakers being allocated three minutes each.
Members of the public wishing to speak at the meeting should contact Mark Durnford in Democratic Services (Mark_Durnford@bathnes.gov.uk or 01225 394 458) by 5pm on Thursday 6th September.
Places will be offered on a first come first served basis.