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London Borough of Southwark consulting on statement of licensing policy.

The London Borough of Southwark is reviewing its alcohol licensing policy and is looking for feedback from residents and businesses on the changes it proposes to make.

The policy sets out how the council will make decisions on premises licences, how premises are likely to be permitted to operate, and how the needs of residents and businesses will be addressed within the context of the licensing regime.

The council have to consult on their licensing policy every five years. The current consultation follows a “mid-term” review which was carried out last year.

The consultation runs until 1 March 2020 and a copy of the draft policy can be downloaded from the council’s website. It is anticipated that the new policy will come into effect on 11 January 2021.

Any operators with interests in Southwark are strongly encouraged to submit a response to the ongoing consultation before the deadline. If you would like assistance with submitting a response then we are happy to help.

Southwark won’t be the only council consulting on their licensing policy in the not too distant future. Many licensing policies are due for review in 2020 and 2021 and it is important to feed into those. We will be feeding back on behalf of a number of clients and we suggest you do the same.