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Are you advising on Cumulative Impact Zones?

Jeremy Phillips highlights the increased risks and difficulties faced by 
landlords with property in cumulative impact zones

8 February 2013

Most lawyers working with the licensed trade will by now be familiar with the concept of Cumulative Impact Zones (CIZ), which apply to town and city centres across the country. Within such areas, the possibility of extending licensing hours, let alone gaining a new licence, is remote. The impact of such zones, however, may not only be an issue for those seeking to extend their business operation, or even develop a new one, but also those with an existing business, for which they may have potentially ?disastrous consequences.

Operators are aware that once objections have been raised and such policies are applied, applications for the grant or variation of premises licences will normally be refused, unless the applicant can demonstrate that there will be no negative cumulative impact on one or more of the licensing objectives. This approach is in stark contrast to the general scheme of the Act, which entitles applicants to ...

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