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Gary Grant, vice-chair of the Institute of Licensing, said:
“The new Act will be welcomed by the leisure and hospitality industry - who need all the help they can get in the present period. Its provisions will give rise to considerable additional work for hard-pressed local authority officers who will have to administer, monitor, and then enforce the new pavement licence regime and the automatic extension of off-sales.
"The steer towards outdoor eating and drinking in the warm Summer months ahead will delight many customers, yet cause real concern to some residents who may well find their pavements and outdoor areas busier, and louder, than ever before. However, what is given with one hand may be taken away by the other. The relaxation provisions are subject to strict regulatory checks and balances that should adequately deal with any issues that arise. The Institute will continue to support all its members, both operators and regulators, in making this new regime work as efficiently as possible.”
Guidance to accompany pavement licensing introduced in the Business and Planning Act 2020 has been issued.