Residents’ fears sees new licensing policy

Tynemouth Front Street.
Tynemouth Front Street.

A new policy is ensuring the number of licensed premises in Tynemouth do not have a detrimental impact on the community in the future.

The Cumulative Impact Policy allows North Tyneside Council to take into account the wider impact when considering licensing applications.

The policy means the authority could consider whether nuisance or public disorder is likely to rise because there is a concentration of licensed premises in a designated area of Tynemouth village.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “As a council we have listened to the wishes of the residents of Tynemouth and I am delighted the council has supported their request for the implementation of this policy.”

The council’s licensing sub-committee will still consider future applications for licensed premises. However, members will be able to begin their consideration from a presumption to refuse.

The new policy has been adopted in response to feedback from residents who detailed a catalogue of complaints about noise, drunken behaviour, and feeling uncomfortable walking down Front Street due to general public nuisance created by those drinking in establishments.

Even though the Cumulative Impact Policy is in force, there will still be a requirement for people to make representation on individual licensing applications. If no representations are made the council will be required to grant permission.

Also, the Policy can never be an absolute ban on licensing approvals as the there may be occasions when it is considered appropriate by the Licensing Sub-Committee to depart from the policy.