HEALTH & SAFETY / LICENSING
Live Event Industry
The Publican reports that a bar chain is celebrating a landmark victory over a council after it was granted a licence for a new venue in a town’s saturation zone. Cannock-based operator Bar Sport has been give the green light by Loughborough magistrates to open a new bar in the town after winning an appeal overturning the local authority decision who felt that the new pub in an already ‘saturated zone’ would promote crime and disorder. Bar Sport argued that they would provide food and a dedicated customer taxi service. But please note the May 2006 Law Updates Archive for the recent High Court decision in R (J D Wetherspoon) v Guildford Borough Council upholding the prima facie legality of saturation zones (although blanket policies banning, for example, late night opening, are not legal).