Natural justice – Duty to act fairly. The claimant sought judicial review of the defendant local authority's decision to designate its entire borough for both additional licensing of houses in multiple occupation and selective licensing of private rented sector properties for a period of five years. The Administrative Court, in allowing the application, held that there had been a failure to consult potentially interested parties outside the borough and that the period of consultation had lasted much less that the ten-week period required to satisfy the conditions set out in the Secretary of State's general approval issued in April 2010. Accordingly, the court's discretion would be exercised in favour of granting relief.