Rural Rate Relief

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The scheme provides rate relief for small businesses in rural settlements. There are two types of relief available:

Mandatory Relief of 50%

Available, as a right, to a business satisfying the following conditions:

  • i) Situated in an area designated as a Rural Settlement by Fylde Borough Council.
  • ii) It is the only General Store or the only Post Office or the only Public House or the only Petrol Filling Station in that settlement.
  • iii) The rateable value does not exceed £8,500 (£12,500 if the business is the only public house or petrol filling station)
  • iv) In the case of a General Store, the business must consist wholly or mainly of the sale by retail of food (excluding confectionery) and household goods.
  • v) In the case of a qualifying Food Store in the Rural Settlement the trade or business must consist wholly or mainly of the sale by retail of food for human consumption (excluding confectionery and excluding the supply of food in the course of catering).

The supply of food for catering includes food supplied for consumption on the premises and hot food for consumption off the premises.

Rural Settlements designated by Fylde Borough Council (areas which may be entitled to rural rate relief) are the permitted development areas of

  • Little Eccleston
  • Elswick
  • Treales
  • Roseacre
  • Wharles
  • Medlar-with-Wesham
  • Newton
  • Clifton
  • Boltons Croft
  • Salwick
  • Singleton
  • Staining
  • Thistleton
  • Weeton
  • Wrea Green
  • Lower Lane
  • Freckleton.

Maps showing the exact area of each settlement are available for inspection at the Town Hall.

Discretionary Relief

The Council also has the discretionary power to "top-up" the Mandatory Relief to Post Offices, General Stores, Public Houses and Petrol filling Stations up to 100%. It may also grant Relief of up to 100% to any rural businesses that meet the following conditions:

  • i) Situated in an area designated as a Rural Settlement by Fylde Borough Council.
  • ii) The rateable value does not exceed £16,500 with effect from 1st April 2010.
  • iii) The Council is satisfied that the business is used for purposes that are of benefit to the local community
  • iv) It is reasonable for the Council to give relief on the business having regard to the interest of the Council Taxpayers of the Borough. (who will have to bear 25% of any relief given).

Rural Settlements

Rural Settlements can only be designated by Fylde Borough Council if:

  • i) they are in an area defined by the Government as a Rural Area.
  • ii) they appear to the Council to have a population of less than 3000.