Cumulative Impact Policy (West Street/Devonshire Green)

Closed 13 Dec 2017

Opened 30 Oct 2017

Overview

West Street and Devonshire Green are popular parts of the city centre and attract people looking to shop in one of the many boutique or independent retailers, or enjoy the bars and restaurants that have made it a lively part of town.

As part of its ongoing plans to improve the area, and to tackle concerns expressed by local residents and health and welfare groups that too many licenced premises are contributing to more crime and anti-social behaviour, the council is encouraging people to spend a few minutes giving their views.   

Your views will help us develop an understanding:

  • Whether there is a link between the number and mix of licensed premises in the neighbourhood and the problems people might encounter.
  • If a Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP) for licensed premises should be applied to the West Street/Devonshire Green area
  • What other measures should be considered.

CIPs are local special policies that create an assumption that new licenses to sell alcohol, in a designated zone, will be refused unless the applicant can show that they will not add to existing problems.   

CIPs are one of a range of options that can be used to maintain an attractive city centre and safer night time economy. A CIP does not stop licences from being issued but can require the licence holder to put in place specific measures, such as shorter opening hours.  In other areas of the country where a CIP has been applied the number of licensed establishments has often remained the same but the type of licensed establishments has changed, for example, fewer off-licenses and takeaways and more seated food-led licensed premises.

The attached map below shows which parts of the Devonshire Green/West Street area we are referring to.

 

Why We Are Consulting

The survey results will give us a clearer picture of what people like about the area, identify any issues in more detail and what solutions could be considered to make it better for anyone.  

The evidence from the survey, along with local crime and disorder figures and other factors including complaints recorded by the local authority and health related statistics will be used to decide whether or not a Cumulative Impact Policy should be introduced.  

 

 

What Happens Next

The findings from the survey will be shared with the Cumulative Impact Policy task group, the Alcohol Strategy implementaiton Group and the Licensing Committee. 

The evidence from the survey, along with local crime and disorder figures and other factors including complaints recorded by the local authority and health related statistics will be used to decide whether or not a Cumulative Impact Policy should be introduced.  

Other solutions will be considered through the relevant bodies.

 

 

Areas

  • City Centre

Audiences

  • Residents
  • Businesses
  • Community Groups
  • Faith Groups
  • Student Unions
  • Voluntary Organisations

Interests

  • Targeted