In 2020, the Council implemented a Cumulative Impact Policy, as part of the Statement of Licensing Policy, which outlined the Council’s approach to Cumulative Impact within the borough. The policy includes a cumulative impact assessment for an area of Wickersley, as the Council believed that the number of licensed premises within the area was such that any further premises would be inconsistent with the promotion of the licensing objectives.
The Cumulative Impact Assessment does not create a ban on the grant of licences within the assessed zone but does place an obligation on the applicant to demonstrate that the application is suitable for the area. The applicant must provide suitable evidence that their proposal will not add to the cumulative impact within the area.
Despite being confident in the standards set in the current policy, a formal review is now required.