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Hounslow to introduce new licensing policy 2020-25

Following an eight-week public consultation in June/July this year, Hounslow Council is set to introduce a new licensing policy for 2020-2025 on 26 October 2020.

Published: Wednesday, 7th October 2020

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Following an eight-week public consultation in June/July this year, Hounslow Council is set to introduce a new licensing policy for 2020-2025 on 26 October 2020.

Under the Licensing Act 2003, councils must produce a Statement of Licensing Policy at least every 5 years. Licensing in this case means alcohol, most forms of public entertainment, club premises and late-night refreshment (food served any time after 11pm and before 5am). It also includes temporary event notices (TENs) which can be applied for by licensed venues, other businesses and members of the public. 

The Council consulted on its draft updated Statement of Licensing Policy, as required by law to ensure that the widest number of people affected were given an opportunity to comment on it, leading to a more robust, more locally responsive and easier to understand policy being developed.  Overall the Council received 122 responses to the online consultation and 13 email responses, which led to amendments being made to the draft policy.

The revised policy has now been to Licensing Committee, Cabinet and was approved at Borough Council and we will be bringing the new policy into force from Monday 26 October.  

Any new applications, variations, transfers etc received on or after 26 October will need to adhere to the Licensing Policy 2020 – 2025.

Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency said:

“The review of our licensing policy as required under the Licensing Act 2003 is very important in upholding public order and safety and protecting the vulnerable in our communities. 

“Our new policy includes some amendments that will enable us to safeguard our communities further with the use of our new or amended conditions. It has been great to hear from all the people who have responded prior to adoption, to ensure that our new policy is fit for purpose for the next five years.”

Councillor Richard Foote, Chair of Licensing Committee at Hounslow Council said:

"We are pleased to have consulted on the draft Licensing Policy and received such a good response to that consultation. The Licensing Policy seeks to provide clear guidance to both existing and new licensees about the Council's approach to licensing and at the same time incorporates the relevant legislative changes since our last policy and introduces the new important element of core hours for premises. This means that all applications within residential areas must introduce strong arguments to exceed these core hours. In addition, after a heavy investigation we have extended the area of Cumulative Impact Policy to include Heston.

“In particular, we seek to balance the borough’s desire to develop the variety and diversity of its licensed premises and to support the regeneration of our centres and neighbourhoods, whilst ensuring that we deliver on the Licensing Act 2003’s four licensing objectives.”

Read more about the new licensing policy and to download it for review.

If you have any questions relating to this please email the Licensing Team at Licensing@Hounslow.gov.uk

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