A consideration of the UK Government's proposals for business improvement districts in England: issues and uncertainties

Blackwell, M. 2005. A consideration of the UK Government's proposals for business improvement districts in England: issues and uncertainties. Property Management. 23 (3), pp. 194-203.

TitleA consideration of the UK Government's proposals for business improvement districts in England: issues and uncertainties
AuthorsBlackwell, M.
Abstract

Purpose - To provide a critical appraisal of the UK Government's proposals for the introduction of business improvement districts (BIDs) into England considering statute and case law against the proposed regulations, while drawing on the experience of BID models in North America.

Design/methodology/approach - The paper analyses the proposed regulations against the existing statute and common law position in England.

Findings - The regulations will not levy all hereditaments as stated. The voting and taxation provisions are not defined and transparent in connection with those paying less than full rates. Implications of the House of Lords decision in Edison appear to have been overlooked in the drafting.

Research limitations/implications - The paper is specific to the Draft Business Improvement Districts (England) Regulations 2004. The paper identifies key issues for those involved in the local economy and property management in England. It is relevant across jurisdictions to those considering proposals for the implementation of BID schemes.

Practical implications - The paper is relevant to those occupiers and owners, and their advisers, who have an interest in property that is, or may be, included in a BID area.

Originality/value - The paper considers in an original manner the detailed proposals for the implementation of BIDs in England. It researches a number of areas of concern to those seeking to implement or pay a BID levy. It identifies a number of areas in which the regulations will not achieve the stated aims. Weaknesses in the voting and taxation provisions are identified.

KeywordsBusiness improvement, Council tax, England, Property finance, Property management
JournalProperty Management
Journal citation23 (3), pp. 194-203
ISSN0263-7472
Year2005
FileBlackwell_2005_final.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1108/02637470510603538
Publication dates
Published2005

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