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LA2003 - Statement of Licensing Policy

Over the two years since the current Statement of Licensing Policy (2014-2019) was adopted there have been changes to the framework of the Licensing Act 2003.  Notable amongst these are:

 

  • The Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) Order 2014 – concerning the minimum permitted price to be charged for alcoholic drinks.
  • The Deregulation Act 2015 introduced new provisions for the sale of alcohol at community events etc. and ancillary business sale of alcohol, removed the requirement for renewal of Personal Licences and provided for an increase in the maximum number of events that could be covered by Temporary Event Notices.
  • Licensing Act 2003 (Late Night Refreshments) Regulations 2015 – provides for Licensing Authorities to exempt certain supplies of late night refreshments.
  •  The Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) (Amendment) Order 2014 – which amended the Mandatory Conditions introduced in 2010 applicable to relevant premises licences and club premises certificates where the supply of alcohol to the public is authorised.  The amendments relate to drinks promotions and free drinking water etc.
  • The Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014 which, in certain circumstances, meant that the authorisation for certain regulated entertainment was no longer required.  It also extended the range of entertainment to which conditions relating to such entertainment are suspended. 
  • Immigration Act 2016 – Amended the provisions relating to responsible authorities, those eligible to apply for authorisations under the Licensing Act 2003 and to hold such authorisations, the grounds on which objections to certain applications can be made and to relevant offences concerning Personal Licenses.

 

In addition, the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced the new provision for Public Spaces Protection Orders which could provide for a prohibition on the consumption of alcohol in public places.  Prohibitions in such Orders do not apply to a range of premises licensed for the supply of alcohol. Under the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003, Bedford Borough Council is currently reviewing its Statement of Licensing Policy.

 

In light of the above the authority is now commencing a consultation on amending the current Statement of Licensing Policy to ensure that it reflects the legislative position.  It is also therefore opportune to also consider other changes to the Statement of Licensing Policy.

 

In developing a draft Licensing Policy for 2017-22 regard will be had to the Secretary of State’s guidance issued under Section 182 of the 2003 Act. The particular version of the Guidance is that published in March 2015 by the Home Office (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/418114/182-Guidance2015.pdf).

 

The current Statement of Licensing Policy (for 2014-19) is available on line at: http://www.bedford.gov.uk/business/licences_and_street_trading/idoc.ashx?docid=959e8e23-fb28-444c-a150-f5bf1a980cbc&version=-1

 

The consultation timetable (detailed below) envisages two periods of consultation.  Stage 1 is more general in nature to ensure that consultees have the broadest range of issues that they wish to be considered.  Stage 4 (the next stage of consultation) is then intended to focus on particular questions that need to be addressed and/or options that the Council wishes to receive views on in drafting its revised Statement.

 

Before determining the Statement, we are seeking to consult all the relevant stakeholders on the matter and would welcome any comments you may have.

 

The following timetable was approved by the  (Licensing Act 2003) Licensing Committee at a meeting on 3 November where it considered the outcome of the consultation referred to at items 1 and 2 below.  This is a revised timetable from that originally approved.

 

  Stage Commencement End
1 Notificaton of consultation and general invitation of comments for revisions 1 July 2016 22 August 2016
2 Collation and examination of responses received in Stage 1 23 August 2016 31 August 2016
3 Presentation of identified changes to the current Statement of Licensing Policy to accommodate legislative changes since the current Statement was adopted and consideration of Stage 1 responses by the (Licensing Act 2003) Licensing Committee and determination of consultation in Stage 4 26 October 2016 (papers for the Committee's meeting despatched) 3 November 2016 (the Committee's meeting date)
4 Invitation for further comments on areas for revision of the Statement as identified in Stage 1 above 11 November 2016 6 January 2017
5  Collation and examination of responses received in Stage 4 7 January 2017 17 January 2017
6  Consideration of Stage 4 responses by the (Licensing Act 2003) Licensing Committee and determination of proposals for consultation in Stage 7 18 January 2017 (papers for the Committee's meeting despatched) 26 January 2017 (the Committee's meeting date)
7 Issuing of written consultation and invitation for comments on specific amendments for revision of the Statement 3 February 2017 17 March 2017
8 Collation and examination of responses received in Stage 7 18 March 2017 28 March 2017
9 Consideration of Stage 7 responses by the (Licensing Act 2003) Licensing Committee and determination of proposed revised Statement of Licensing Policy 29 March 2017 (papers for the Committee's meeting despatched) 6 April 2017 (the Committee's meeting date)
10 Consideration by Council of the recommended Policy from the (Licensing act 2003) Licensing Committee 25 April 2017 (papers for the Committee's meeting despatched) 3 May 2017 (the Council meeting date)

 

A proforma to reply to this consultation is available here.   Alternatively you may choose to reply by email to licensing@bedford.gov.uk  or by post to the address at the end of this notice.  If you would like to receive a paper copy of the Statement of Licensing Policy 2014--2019 and/or the consultative proforma, please contact Gill Anderson, Service Manager (Registration & Licensing) using the same details.

 

Keith Simmons

Head of Democratic & Registration Services

Bedford Borough Council

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