All aspects of premises/alcohol licences in the centre of York are governed by the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy and a new Policy has just been issued, covering the period from 2022 to 2027.
This is in conjunction with a Cumulative Impact Assessment that looks into the problems faced by York when it comes to trouble caused by alcohol.
The picture painted is not a pretty one and the Council – in conjunction with the Police and other authorities – are looking to tighten further the control of existing licences and the granting of new ones.
Among the changes are the identification of both red and amber zones within the overall Cumulative Impact Area, which covers a large part of central York and the imposition of further rules/restrictions in these zones.
The effect of these changes is that obtaining specialist legal advice is more important than ever.
It is very clear that getting a new alcohol licence for anything other than a food-led operation is going to be very difficult indeed going forward unless you are outside the Cumulative Impact Area and a lot of preparation is going to be essential for potential applicants.
Guest Walker have the relevant expertise and we should be the first port of call for anyone interested in either acquiring a property with the benefit of an existing premises licence or for anyone looking to obtain a brand new licence.