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Licensing Act 2003 Cumulative Impact Assessment


(5 December 2012 - 31 January 2013)

The Borough of Poole has been asked by Dorset Police to consider a Cumulative Impact assessment for Ashley Cross and Poole Town following concerns about crime and disorder and public nuisance.

Cumulative  Impact Policies were introduced as a tool for licensing authorities to limit the growth of licensed premises in an area where the number, type and density of premises selling alcohol is beginning to cause serious problems of nuisance and disorder to arise.

The effect of adopting a policy on Cumulative impact is that there is a pre –determination to refuse applications for new premises licences, club premises certificates or variations of existing licenses which are likely to add to the existing cumulative impact, provided that relevant representations are received, unless the applicant can demonstrate in their operating schedule that there will be no negative cumulative impact on one or more of the licensing objectives. If no representations are received, the application will be granted regardless of the cumulative impact policy.  Existing licensed premises will continue to trade unaffected by the creation of the cumulative Impact area unless a licence holder seeks to vary their licence in a manner that would cause negative cumulative impact.

A consultation exercise was conducted in the areas concerned, which asked for any information regarding crime and disorder or nuisance in the Ashley Cross area, views on whether the risk of cumulative impact is imminent, and comments for or against the introduction of such a policy.

A questionnaire was available from from the 5th December 2012 to 31st January 2013.

After consulting with the relevant authorities and individuals the Licensing Authority will consider all the information provided and the effect that additional premises will have on the cumulative impact. The decision on whether there is a need for a cumulative impact policy will be made by the Licensing Authority and if introduced it will be included in our licensing policy.

If you have any queries or require any further information regarding Cumulative Impact and what this means please contact the Licensing Team on 01202 261700 or by email at environment@poole.gov.uk

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Environmental and Consumer Protection Services

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