STATEMENT OF LICENSING POLICY

I have been sent this from Licensing, which you may be interested in:

“We must publish a statement of licensing policy under Section 5 of the Licensing Act 2003 in consultation with a wide range of people including representatives of existing licence holders, local businesses and local residents.

We are required to carry out our licensing functions with a view to promoting four licensing objectives, which are:

  • the prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • the prevention of public nuisance
  • the protection of children from harm
  • The policy covers licensable activities as defined by the Act, which are:
  • the retail sale of alcohol
  • the supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club
  • the provision of regulated entertainment
  • the provision of late night refreshment (between the hours of 11pm and 5am)
  • You can download a copy of our current ‘Statement of Licensing Policy’ from the related documents section at https://www.leeds.gov.uk/business/licensing-policies. The policy was amended to include a CIP for Armley and approved at a meeting of full Council on 14 September 2016. It is reviewed every five years, or more often if necessary.

The council is currently consulting on some changes to the Licensing Policy. The existing policy has been reviewed and a number of changes made. In brief the changes are:

  • Update of various fact and figures, i.e. population statistics
  • Update of local strategies and names of external bodies
  • Removal of reference to obsolete guidance
  • Update and move information on the matters applicants should consider especially in relation to the local area and contacting their local ward councillor in line with changes to the S182 guidance
  • Removal of reference to Local Licensing Guidance and replace with a section titled Local Concerns
  • Amendment to section on cumulative impact in line with the S182 Guidance issued by the Home Office and Section 5A of the Licensing Act 2003
  • Updated references to the legislation around closure orders
  • Removal of Appendix 1 – Further Reading and Useful Information

At the same time a draft Cumulative Impact Assessment was compiled using licensing statistics, the Public Health Licensing Matrix, the West Yorkshire Police crime statistic reports, as well as information provided by Ward Members and residents. The outcome of this assessment is the following areas to be described as cumulative impact areas:

  • City Centre – including two red zones
  • Headingley
  • Hyde Park
  • Armley
  • Harehills

The following areas to cease being considered as suffering from cumulative impact due to the evidential test:

  • Chapel Allerton
  • Horsforth
  • Woodhouse Corridor

We would very much like to hear your comments on both of these documents. You can download the draft policy (one version with tracked changes, one without), the cumulative impact assessment and a consultation document which provides further information from our website at https://www.leeds.gov.uk/business/licensing-policies.

Your comments should be made in writing and sent by 30 September by:

Post: Entertainment Licensing Leeds City Council Civic Hall Leeds, LS1 1UR

Email: entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk

Principal Licensing Officer, Leeds City Council, Web: www.leeds.gov.uk