The Licensing Act 2003 (the Act) controls sales of alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment. Surrey Heath as the Licensing Authority, under the Act, is required to prepare and publish a statement of its licensing policy at least every five years.
Our current Statement of Licensing Policy took effect from 24th February 2016 for the period 2016-2021 and is therefore due for review. The regular review and adoption of the Statement of Licensing Policy helps to ensure that the Council’s licensing policies and procedures are up to date and effective in ensuring a safe and regulated environment for users of licensed premises.
We are now seeking your views on the draft proposed Statement of Licensing Policy 2021-2026.
As part of this consultation we are also reviewing our Cumulative Impact-Special Policy (CIP) (Appendix A of the revised Policy) to determine whether there is still evidence to support the CIP.
The CIP was introduced to limit the number and type of licence applications granted in the area covered by the CIP where there was evidence to show that the number or density of licensed premises in the area was having a cumulative impact and leading to problems which were undermining the licensing objectives.
We are particularly interested in receiving evidence in support or otherwise of the continuation of the CIP as this will allow us to determine its future.
The consultation period is from Wednesday 28 October – Friday 11 December.
Have your say by emailing your comments on the draft Statement of Licensing Policy 2021-2026 or the CIP (Appendix A of the draft Policy), or both, to firstname.lastname@example.org.