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Additional information in support of objections

Date posted: Tuesday July 26, 2016 : Permanent Link

It is a good time to reiterate the Council’s requirements regarding late submissions ahead of licensing hearings.

In accordance with its Rules of Procedure for Licensing Sub-Committee Hearings, additional submissions/information/documentation should be received by the Council by noon 3 working days prior to a hearing, a the latest. As hearings are usually on Thursdays, in practice this means noon on Monday.

If documentation is submitted after this time, it must be accompanied by a cover note explaining why it is late and why it should be taken in to account.

The Rules apply to all parties to the hearing.

Please feel free to contact us if you wish to attend a licence hearing and require advice on submitting evidence to support your objections.

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Call for Evidence

Date posted: Tuesday July 26, 2016 : Permanent Link

A House of Lords Select Committee has been set up to assess the impact of Licensing Act 2003 since it came fully into force in November 2005. The Select Committee has recently issued a ‘Call for Evidence’, seeking views from a wide range of stakeholders and interested parties.

The consultation seeks views on the general working of the Act since it came into force, particularly as to whether it provides the right ‘balance’ between various interests. It also sets out a number of specific areas on which it seeks views, including community engagement in the licensing process.

The ‘Call for Evidence’ can be viewed here.

Responses can be submitted here.

The closing date for responses to be submitted is 2 September.

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Consultation on WCC's 'Licensing News'

Date posted: Tuesday July 26, 2016 : Permanent Link

Westminster City Council is currently consulting on the future of ‘Licensing News’, its weekly publication which sets out a variety of information on its licensing functions across various regimes, including details of applications which are within the ‘consultation period’ during which residents are entitled to make representations.

The consultation seeks information on why people receive Licensing News; what they use it for; how it benefits them specifically; and whether online options (e.g. Public Access, which residents can sign up to for a variety of notifications) fulfill their needs.

The consultation document and response document can be found here.

The closing date for the consultation is Monday 1 August.

For other ways of keeping up to date with licence applications in your area, please contact us.

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Further change to WCC Licensing Department contact details

Date posted: Friday January 29, 2016 : Permanent Link

The following is taken from the most recent ‘Licensing News’ publication.

‘From Monday 25th January there will be a new dedicated email address for all representations and objection emails. The email address that should be used going forward by local residents and businesses, resident and amenity societies and responsible authorities is licence-reps@westminster.gov.uk.’

Emails that relate to general enquiries or requests for information on the progress of an application should continue to be sent to licensing@westminster.gov.uk.

Previous addresses which residents have been able to use will be closed from the 1st March 2016, including:
premiseslicensing@westminster.gov.uk; generallicensing@westminster.gov.uk and gambling@westminster.gov.uk. Any emails sent to one of the mailboxes which are to be closed from the 1st March 2016 will not be regarded as being served on the Licensing Authority.

The Council continues to provide an online facility to make representations or objections to applications – www.westminster.gov.uk/comment-on-a-licence-application.

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Westminster City Council's Statement of Licensing Policy

Date posted: Friday January 22, 2016 : Permanent Link

Last year, the City Council consulted on proposed revisions to its Statement of Licensing Policy, which it must publish under s5 Licensing Act 2003.

The new Policy was approved at a full Council meeting in November last year. It came into force on 7 January 2016. The new Policy now applies to applications for e.g. new premises licences and variation of premises licences under Licensing Act 2003 going forward. The City Council must have regard to the Policy when exercising its functions under Licensing Act 2003.

The Policy can be downloaded here.

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Change to contact details for Westminster City Council's Licensing Team

Date posted: Friday January 22, 2016 : Permanent Link

The contact details for the Licensing Team at Westminster City Council have changed.

The old email address, where general queries or representations in respect of licence applications could be sent, premiseslicensing@westminster.gov.uk, is being phased out. It is replaced by a new address, licensing@westminster.gov.uk. All correspondence to the Team, including representations on licence applications, should now be sent to the new address.

Residents can also comment on a licence application or access Licensing Sub-Committee agenda, Reports and decisions by visiting https://www.westminster.gov.uk/licensing and following the appropriate link.

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WCC Review of its Statement of Licensing Policy

Date posted: Wednesday March 25, 2015 : Permanent Link

The Council has recently published its Review of its Statement of Licensing Policy, and it is now out for consultation. The consultation document is available to view here.

There are two parts to the review.

Part 1 covers areas of the Policy which it is proposed should be revised, and seeks views on the issues raised and proposed revisions.

Part 2 invites submissions in relation to the current ‘stress area’ boundaries and other areas of the city which may be considered to be suffering from ‘cumulative impact’ arising from a large number of late night and/or drink-led premises.

There is also an opportunity to comment on any other issues in relation to the Policy which are not covered in the review.

Stakeholders such as residents, residents’ associations and amenity societies are able to respond formally to the consultation. We may be able to provide advice on aspects of the review on which residents, residents’ associations and amenity societies are interested in commenting.

Consultation responses should be emailed to licensingconsultation@westminster.gov.uk or posted to Chris Wroe, Licensing Policy and Strategy Manager, Westminster City Council, 11th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP.

The closing date for the consultation is 15 May 2015.

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h2. Changes to Licensing News

Date posted: Tuesday September 30, 2014 : Permanent Link

Licensing News is a document published by Westminster City Council each week. Licensing News has previously been sent out on a Friday. This is changing and it will be sent out on a Monday. Some other changes have been made, for example it now contains a link to the City Council’s Licensing Register where details of applications and licences can be found.

It is a very useful source of information for residents who wish to keep up to date with licensing developments in their area. It contains details of applications for new premises licences or variations of premises licences, which are still in the consultation period where residents can make their views known. It also details what licences have been granted or refused in the previous week, and lists forthcoming licensing Sub-Committee hearings and appeal hearings.

The document is sent out by email and anyone can ask to be added to the mailing list; simply email premiseslicensing@westminster.gov.uk with a request to be added. Licensing News can also be found on the City Council’s website here

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