New rules could limit number of late night takeaways in town centre

Newcastle town centre
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New rules to limit the number of late night takeaways in and around a Staffordshire town centre are set to be introduced. Newcastle Borough Council's existing cumulative impact assessment (CIA), which has been in force since 2021, allows it to restrict the number or density of premises selling alcohol in Newcastle town centre in order to reduce problems such as crime or anti-social behaviour.

The CIA is now being reviewed, and following a consultation officers are recommending that it is retained and expanded to include all licensable activities. This follows a 'recent uplift' in premises offering late night refreshment in the town centre and neighbouring areas, which is having a detrimental impact on nearby residents.

Officers are also recommending that the area covered by the CIA should be expanded to include the stretch of A34 Liverpool Road up to the Milehouse Lane roundabout; the Pooldam area south of the town centre; the area north east of the town centre up to the Stoke-on-Trent boundary; and the stretch of the A34 London Road up to the Stoke-on-Trent boundary.

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Members of the licensing and public protection committee will decide whether to retain and expand the CIA at their meeting on Tuesday evening.

In his response to the CIA consultation, environmental protection officer Darren Walters raised concerns over the recent increase in the number of late night takeaways in and around the town centre.

He says: "There have been recent moves to expand hot food takeaway provision to the wider town centre, with attempts by business owners to cater for not only the pre 11pm trade but also the late night/early hours trade. Business operators have also sought to use some of the larger floorspace along Liverpool Road and London Road for dark kitchens and late night takeaways operating principally on a delivery only model after a certain time in the evening.

"Recent licence reviews brought to the licensing committee by environmental health and Staffordshire Police, also show the negative effects of traditional town centre activities taking place close to residents outside of the core town centre covered by the current saturation policy.

"These recent cases serve to demonstrate the significant impact that the broad range of licensed premises can have on the lives of residents and their health and wellbeing and ability to use their home in a normal reasonable manner without being subjected to public nuisance."

Staffordshire Police has also called for the CIA to be expanded to include late night takeaways. The force says that the existing CIA has contributed to reducing the level of crime in the town centre.

In his consultation response, Staffordshire Police licensing manager PS Jim Finn states: "It is appropriate to highlight that it is not just premises that are licensed to sell alcohol that can contribute to incidents of crime and disorder, but also those that are authorised to carry out the provision of late-night refreshment.

"These premises by the nature of their operation, usually being busiest at the end of a trading night at weekends are focal points for persons already intoxicated to gather which can then and often does lead to incidents of violence and/or disorder."

Licensing committee members will now make the final decision as to whether to retain and expand the CIA.