Matt Warman MP has called for a debate in Parliament on the impact of large numbers of off-licences and the social responsibilities of businesses.
Having recently raised concerns about an alcohol licence application for 100 Carlton Road in Boston, due to the associated increase in street drinking, Matt asked ministers for a debate on the cumulative impact of businesses which could encourage anti-social behaviour.
The Leader of the House, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, noted that while there are powers available to local councils to deal with businesses acting anti-socially, if local planning policies were not working properly, his colleagues in the Department for Communities and Local Government would be keen to know about it.
Matt said, “I am pleased that the Leader of the House appreciates the importance of this issue and the need for councils to be able to take action to stop businesses behaving anti-socially or causing such behaviour in their area. Licensing laws currently make it very hard for councils to turn down applications such as the one for 100 Carlton Road, so I will now be lobbying ministers from the Department for Communities and Local Government to urge them to review national alcohol licensing policies. I would like to see local councils being able to take the cumulative impact of many off-licences in an area into account when considering applications.”
- Matt’s question in full can be seen today (17.12.15) via the following link: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/hansard/commons/todays-commons-debates/read/unknown/220/#ht or via the following link thereafter: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cmallfiles/mps/commons_hansard_6179_od.html