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Gambling Policy Under Review

South Hams District Council has launched a public consultation on its gambling policy.

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The Council is required to review its gambling policy, known as the 'Statement of Principles', every three years. The policy sets out the principles South Hams District Council will apply under the Gambling Act 2005 over the next three years. This policy covers everything from family entertainment centres and betting premises to gaming machines, charity lotteries, and bingo premises.

This is the Council's fifth Statement of Principles since the introduction of the Act in 2007 and, once approved, the updated policy will be in effect from 31 January 2022 to 30 January 2025.

As the policy was updated in detail in 2019, only minor changes are required. The main proposed changes include:

  • more detail on the Licensing Authority's expectations when dealing with separation of premises,
  • further information regarding premises licence plans; and
  • an overall update to the document with regard to the Gambling Commission's new guidance and codes of practice.

Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, South Hams District Council Executive Member for Licensing said: "We're only considering minor changes to the policy but I urge anyone interested to take a look and send us your comments." 

Any comments must be received by Sunday 24 October 2021 at the latest. Following the consultation, views will be considered by the Licensing Committee and necessary amendments made before the new policy is adopted by the Council.

Issued 14 September 2021

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