The council is seeking views on its latest approach to taking licensing decisions. 


Each council is required to adopt a Statement of Licensing Policy to set out how it will promote the licensing responsibilities and aims under the Licensing Act 2003.

The current version has helped to shape the nighttime economy of the town, to reduce crime and disorder, and to protect people from harm. The latest statement of licensing policy for the 2024-2029 period has been created to build on the successes of the current policy.

To gather views ahead of its release, we are asking people to provide their feedback as part of the consultation, which will run from Monday 5 February until Tuesday 30 April 2024. A copy of the revised draft Licensing Policy can be viewed by visiting our consulations page.

Cllr Hitesh Patel, cabinet member for environment, housing and public protection, said: “Licensed premises play an integral role in the local community, and the latest licensing policy aims to support a successful nighttime economy, while working to ensure public safety.

“Views on the latest policy are welcomed from residents, as well as those who have in an interest in licensing and the promotion of licensing objectives.”

To complete the consultation questionnaire please visit

9 February 2024