South Holland District Council could bring in an automatic ban on new alcohol licences under so-called ‘cumulative impact’ powers.
With the number of licensed premises in South Holland currently at 332, the council is considering a new approach to deciding on applications to sell alcohol in the area.
The council’s Licensing Authority met last Tuesday to discuss the findings of a review of licensed premises in South Holland and ways to prevent alcohol-related crime, disorder, ‘public nuisance’ and harm to children.
A report for the meeting said: ”Cumulative impact means the potential impact on the promotion of the licensing objectives of a significant number of licensed premises that are concentrated in one area.
“After consultation, a licensing authority can include a cumulative impact policy (CIP) within the statement of licensing policy.
“The purpose of this is to enable the Licensing Authority to limit the number or type of licence applications granted in areas where they can demonstrate that the number of premises in that area is adversely impacting upon the statutury licensing objectives.”
Cumulative impact means the potential impact on the promotion of the licensing objectives of a significant number of licensed premises that are concentrated in one areaReport for the Committee of the Licensing Authority
Figures from the council showed that over the last two years, there were 180 incidents of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour across South Holland.
A district council spokesman said: “A decision over whether to proceed with a full review for a CIP has been deferred until January when a detailed report is to be submitted, with a view to making a decision then.”