Cumulative Impact Policy for Chester City Centre

This consultation is now closed.

​Licensing Act 2003 - Review of the Cumulative Impact Policy for Chester City Centre

The Council is reviewing the Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP) for Chester City Centre first introduced as part of its Statement of Licensing Policy in 2014. Cumulative Impact is defined as the "potential impact upon the Licensing Objectives of a significant number of licensed premises concentrated in an area,"

The Licensing Objectives are:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder,
  • Public safety,
  • The prevention of public nuisance, and
  • The protection of children from harm
This policy is relevant to all applications made under the Licensing Act 2003 in the Chester City Centre area (see attached map at the end of the questionnaire).

The impact of the number, type and density of licensed premises in the CIP area has caused problems with noise, public nuisance, crime and disorder associated with licensed premises, particularly late at night or early in the morning. Licensed premises include pubs, clubs, bars, nightclubs restaurants and entertainment venues as well as off-licences (alcohol sold but not consumed on the premises) and premises supplying late night refreshment (selling hot food or hot drink between 11pm and 5 am for consumption on or off the premises)

Having a Cumulative Impact Policy creates a rebuttable presumption that applications for the grant or variation of a licence (premises including clubs), which are likely to add to the existing cumulative impact, will normally be refused or subject to certain limitations, unless the applicant can demonstrate that there will be no negative cumulative impact on one or more of the licensing objectives.

Despite the presumption against grant, responsible authorities and interested parties including residents and business must make a relevant representation before the Council may consider applying the Cumulative Impact Policy.

This consultation is seeking the views on the Cumulative Impact Policy from licence holders within the CIP area, Interested Parties (residents and business) within the area and Responsible Authorities.

This is your opportunity to participate in this review.

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