The Committee considered a report on the
impact of the Police and Crime Act 2017 on the Council’s
special policy on Cumulative Impact under the Licensing Act 2003.
The Senior Practitioner – Licensing presented the report and
summarised the main points. The Head of Regulatory Services also
commented on the data provided. Officers responded to questions
from Committee Members.
In summary, in response to the Statement of
Licensing Policy review which took place earlier in the year,
Officers had prepared a Cumulative Impact Assessment that collated
an analysis of the statistical data submitted by West Mercia Police
in relation to crime and disorder in Worcester City Centre, along
with data from a number of other sources including Public Health
and data on complaints about nuisance made to Worcestershire
Having reviewed all of this data, the
Cumulative Impact Assessment had been amended and the following
steps were recommended in order to proceed:
Retain an area where cumulative impact provisions apply but reduce
the current geographical footprint to the one identified in figure
13 to the Cumulative Impact Assessment attached to the report at
Limit the application of those provisions in this area to
businesses whose operating model is to act as a vertical drinking
establishment at any time between the hours of midnight and 6am AND
businesses acting as Late Night Refreshment Houses within the
provisions of the Act at any time between midnight and 5am.
Publish the Cumulative Impact Assessment within the Statement of
Licensing Policy, instruct Officers to undertake the necessary
steps as prescribed by law, and undertake a consultation exercise
with relevant stakeholders.
Any responses received during the consultation exercise to be
reported back to the Committee at a future meeting.
Sergeant Paul Smith on behalf of West Mercia
Constabulary was invited to speak and he answered questions from
The Chairman highlighted that the Police would
be party to the consultation and Members would therefore have an
opportunity to consider a formal response from them in due
In the ensuing discussion, Committee Members
were advised by Officers that the decision on whether to extend the
Cumulative Impact Area must be evidence based.
It was moved that the Committee agree the
recommendations as set out in the report.
RESOLVED: That the Committee agree to:
note the changes in legislation affecting the
Council’s special policy on Cumulative Impact, as contained
in the Council’s Statement of licensing Policy and consider
the Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA) which has been undertaken
attached at “Appendix 4;”
direct officers to undertake an 8 week consultation
with relevant stakeholders, businesses and members of the public on
the Cumulative Impact Assessment attached at “Appendix
4” and also the changes to the Council’s Statement of
Licensing Policy, in relation to the Cumulative Impact Policy shown
at “Appendix 5;” and
note that the outcome of the consultation will be
reported back to Committee for a final decision on the Cumulative