Consultations and engagement

This website contains consultations hosted by Leicester City Council.

We welcome all feedback - tell us what you think of our services by using our comments, compliments, and complaints forms.

Open Consultations/Surveys

  • Proposed 20mph Zone - Catherine Schools Area

    Leicester City Council is proposing to change the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph, and install traffic calming measures, on streets in the area around Catherine Infant and Junior Schools

    Closes 30 April 2024

  • Self-Build and Custom Build Register

    The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016 made under the 2015 Act came into force on 1 April 2016. The Regulations place a duty on the council to keep a register of individuals/associations of individuals who wish to acquire serviced plots of land to bring forward...

    Closes 31 December 2024

  • Planning policy - call for sites

    The city council is asking interested parties to suggest sites which could help meet the city’s need for new homes and jobs as well as other land uses. The details submitted under this 'Call for Sites' will be assessed by the council for inclusion in the Leicester’s Housing and Economic Land...

    Closes 31 December 2024

  • Domestic abuse and sexual violence services

    We gather feedback on the services for domestic abuse and sexual violence in Leicester. If you have been in contact with any of the local services at any time in the past 24 months, your feedback would be very helpful. We welcome feedback on all types of services. These include the local...

    Closes 31 March 2025

Closed Consultations/Surveys

  • Taxi vehicle age

    Local councils license hackney carriages and private hire vehicles. Each council sets its own pre-licensing requirements in order to be satisfied that a vehicle is suitable to be licensed, with the focus being on public safety. The number of hackney carriages has been in decline in Leicester...

    Closed 25 February 2024

  • Knighton Village Conservation Area review

    Leicester City Council would like to hear your views on our draft character appraisal and management plan for the Knighton Village conservation area. We've proposed to increase the size of the conservation area to include properties to the north and west of the existing boundary. It is also...

    Closed 22 February 2024

  • Rally Park improvements

    We have been awarded funding to improve Rally Park to make it more accessible and attractive for users. Our vision for Rally Park includes introducing new and improved footpaths, accessible park entrances for people of all abilities, cycle tracks, and additional seating, lighting, and vegetation to...

    Closed 9 February 2024

  • Tackling the climate emergency in Leicester

    Leicester City Council would like to hear your views to help us develop our work on climate change. We’ll use your feedback to help us finalise our new Climate Emergency Action Plan, and to develop how we support and encourage action by individuals and organisations in Leicester. We’ve...

    Closed 28 January 2024

  • Council Tax - empty properties and second homes

    There is a shortage of housing in Leicester, which is one of the fasting growing cities in England. As part of preparing our local plan, a need for 39,000 new homes was identified for the period 2020 to 2036. We have around 5,000 households approaching the council each year because they are at risk...

    Closed 23 January 2024

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

We sought views on a proposal to charge double the standard council tax for properties that are substantially unfurnished and unoccupied from one year instead of two from 1 April 2024, and secondly, to charge double the standard charge for properties that have no resident and are substantially furnished from 1 April 2025.

You said

59 people responded to the online consultation. The majority (81%) were Leicester residents and 8% responded as property owners.

71% of respondents agreed that we should charge double the standard council for properties which have been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished after one year, instead of the current two years.

66% agreed that we should charge double the standard council tax for properties that have no resident and are substantially furnished.

49% agreed that certain types of property or ownership should be exempt from the changes.

We did

On 21 February 2024 Full Council approved to double the standard council tax for substantially unfurnished and unoccupied properties from one year with effect from 1 April 2024, and to double the charge for properties that have no resident and are substantially furnished from 1 April 2025. 

The current exemptions to the additional charge that apply to empty unfurnished properties will continue. We will further consider exemptions once the Government has published its policy guidelines. This will include suggestions made by consultees.

We asked

We sought views on a proposal to change the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph on streets in the Osmaston Road area.

You said

29 responses were received to the online consultation. All were within the consultation delivery area.

We also carried out a paper consultation to residents in the area covered by the 20mph zone.
1,556 letters were delivered. 194 replied, including 29 via the online consultation, which equats to a 12% response rate.

168 (87%) of respondants were in favour of the proposed 20mph zone, 22 (11%) against and 3 (2%) were unsure.

We did

As a result of the support of the proposal, the Deputy City Mayor for Climate, Economy and Culture has approved the implementation of the scheme which is scheduled to come into force in Spring 2024.

We asked

In August 2023, we and our partners (De Montfort University, University of Leicester and Arts Council England) published initial recommendations for a cultural and creative industries strategy for Leicester to help the city raise its collective ambition, create a compelling vision for what it can become, and guide priorities for the next five years. The partners undertook citywide public consultation for comment.

You said

77 responses were received, 62 from individuals and 15 representing organisations.

Most responses were positive and supported the vision and objectives of the strategy. Some respondents thought it should go further, more clearly prioritise between the themes and actions of the strategy and set out a more ambitious vision for cultural and creative industries and communities in Leicester.

The responses gave greatest priority to:

Industry focus and accessibility: There was a strong call for the strategy to focus on creating a robust framework for developing creative talent and skills and supporting recognised events like film festivals and art shows. This included providing accessible space for creatives, which was deemed crucial for fostering growth, attracting investment, and enhancing the city's cultural and economic appeal.

Inclusivity and diversity: The strategy needs to go beyond recognising ethnic diversity and include a broader scope of community representation, including the LGBT+ community and micro-businesses. The strategy should ensure that support mechanisms are equitable and reflect the city's demographics.

Evidence-based claims and local identity: Respondents asked for the strategy to present evidence-based claims about Leicester's cultural offerings to avoid generic statements. There was a desire for the strategy to resonate with local identity, ensuring honesty about the reality of life in the city and recognition of local assets, which would help drive meaningful change and prevent the strategy from being perceived as an out-of-touch, top-down approach.

Others saw a greater opportunity to highlight and capitalise on the benefits of creative health, and the need to link the recommendations explicitly to sustainability and addressing the climate emergency.

We did

All comments have been scrutinised and noted. We and our partners will be hosting a further engagement event at Hansom Hall on Friday 1 December 2023 to set out eight ‘Big Ideas” which have been developed on the basis of feedback from the responses. This event will include live performances which showcase the excellence of cultural activity in Leicester as well as an opportunity to comment further on the ‘Big Ideas’ and provide input into the final strategy.