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Published on April 27th, 2017 | by Dean Carr


Nottingham Co-op Refused Alcohol Licence

An application for an alcohol licence and 24 hour opening in a Cumulative Impact Zone has been refused by Nottingham City Council.

The New Co-op store in Goldsmith Street, Nottingham city centre had announced plans to sell alcohol between the hours of 7am and 11pm, Monday to Friday within the controlled zone.The premises application also stated their proposed opening hours to the general public would be 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Cumulative Impact Zones or (CIZ)’s as they are known where introduced under the Licensing Act 2003 in a bid to help curve an extensive concentration of licensed premises in one area. Late night alcohol and or entertainment venues in particular can impact on the promotion of the licensing objectives, for example public nuisance and crime and disorder. All Council’s have to carefully consider any application within a Cumulative Impact Zone especially when it comes to promoting the four licensing objectives.

To open a licensed premises in a Cumulative Impact Zone can be fairly difficult as the retailer has to prove that opening another licensed premise within a Cumulative Impact Zone (CIZ) will not impact on the promotion of any of the licensing objective and another consideration has to be the potential impact on any responsible authority resources such as Policing.

All local council’s have to produce a “Statement of Licensing Policy” which will included guidance on Cumulative Impact Zone’s and how they intend to promote the licensing objective. These statements will include maps showing locations of any zones within their jurisdiction. Some Council’s will have more than one Cumulative Impact Zone for instance Leicester City and Birmingham City Council currently have three CIZ’s in force.

Nottingham City Council’s licensing panel rejected the plan on Tuesday, April 25. When asked by the Nottingham Post if it would still go ahead with opening the new branch, A spokesperson for the Co-op, said:”We are disappointed not to be granted a licence to sell alcohol, and we will now take some time to consider our options.”
At the start of the year, signs appeared teasing the launch and the company confirmed the store’s opening would create between 15 and 20 jobs.

A spokesman for Nottingham City Council said: “We can confirm the licence application was turned down, on the basis that the applicants failed to demonstrate exceptional circumstances for the committee to deviate from the council’s Saturation Zone policy, which aims to reduce the cumulative impact of licensed premises in the city centre.”

Earlier this month, Councillors refused an application from the Alchemist Bar and Restaurant, which wanted to open a new boozer in Pelham Street,Nottingham because of fears it could add to alcohol-related crime and disorder.

News Source: Nottingham Post

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188

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