House of Lords consider Licensing Act 2003

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The House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 continues to hear evidence, today from representatives of residents' associations.

The Committee's remit is to consider the Licensing Act 2003, examining whether the 4 licensing objectives are being met 10 years on since the Act came into force. Today's oral evidence session will focus on the effect of licensed premises on residential areas.  

The relationship between the right of residents not to be disturbed by noise, anti-social behaviour and crime, and the commercial needs of the pub or restaurant operator, can be a tricky one, especially in town and city centres. Residents' role in the planning and licensing processes has been in the spotlight following cases such as Forster v Sec of State for Community & Local Government (2016) . We await the Select Committee's comments next spring.

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