News Hackney Council Postpones Licensing Policy Consultation until 2016

Hackney Council will continue with its current policy and re-consult on a new licensing policy in 2016

Commenting, Jonathan Smith, Partner at Poppleston Allen said:

“Hackney Council has decided to “take a step back” from their current consultation in respect of the 2016 Statement of Licensing Policy, following the discovery of an error in the consultation document, according to an official statement published on Hackney’s website.

The consultation included a proposal to increase Hackney’s Shoreditch Special Policy Area, where there is a policy presumption that new premises licence and full variation applications will be refused unless they can demonstrate that the proposal will not add to cumulative impact in the area. In addition, there was a proposal to introduce a borough-wide hours policy, with rebuttable suggested maximum terminal hours depending on the type of premises and its location in the borough.

The consultation was due to finish on 14 August 2015. Hackney Council are now reconsidering their position and have said that they will hold a debate later in the Autumn to discuss the borough’s night time economy. A further consultation on the Licensing Policy is likely to follow in 2016.

We will keep you updated."