Foreword to Licensing Policy

Foreword By Councillor Tim Ahern, JP

Cabinet Member for Environment, Environmental Health and Leisure

In 2005 the Licensing Act 2003 transferred the responsibility for granting licences for selling alcohol from the courts to local authorities. The Act also gave local authorities the responsibility for permitting the provision of “regulated entertainment” where appropriate.

There is a requirement in the Licensing Act that all licensing authorities draft, consult on, and publish a Statement of Licensing Policy and to then review that Statement every five years (changed from every 3 years within the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011). This authority’s first Statement of Licensing Policy was published on the 7 January 2005. The policy was then revised and published in 2008, 2011 and 2012. This is the fifth version of the Statement of Licensing Policy and reflects changes in legislation and the Secretary of State’s Guidance. It continues to set out how the Royal Borough envisages it will carry out its responsibilities under the Act and, specifically, how it will promote the four licensing objectives. Historically, the Royal Borough has worked towards maintaining a balance between the interests of business and of its residents. The Licensing Act gives us the opportunity to continue working to maintain this balance and to ensure that Kensington and Chelsea continues to be a safe and pleasant place in which to work, live and socialise.

The Licensing Act 2003 has the potential to affect the lives of thousands of people within the borough and the aim of this Statement is to ensure that the provisions of the Act result in an effectively regulated night time economy for residents, businesses and visitors to our area.

While formulating this policy we have had regard to the Secretary of State's Guidance and have also had regard to our own knowledge of this area and its unique issues. We live and work in one of the most densely populated local authority areas in the country and we have therefore taken account of the interests of the licensed trade and of the right of residents to enjoy a peaceful night's sleep in their homes.

This Licensing Policy will again be fully reviewed in five years time. However, we will be constantly monitoring the night time economy within the Royal Borough and, where it is felt necessary, we will amend the Policy at any time within this period.

Tim Ahern, JP - Cabinet Member for Environment, Environmental Health and Leisure

January 2016