Consultation [Closed] : Review of gambling policy

We are currently reviewing our Gambling Policy, with the intention that the amended policy will become effective in January 2022.

It is a legal requirement for every local authority to produce a Statement of Gambling Policy and review the policy at least every 3 years. We are legally obliged to have regard to the Policy when making decisions on licence applications or reviews relating to the Gambling Act 2005.

The Government are currently carrying out a review of the Gambling Act 2005 – their call for evidence closed at midnight on 31st March 2021. Once the outcome of this review is published a further, more in-depth review of our policy may be required.

In light of this no major changes have been made to the policy.

The key changes include:

  • References to the updated Gambling Commission Guidance to Licensing Authorities amended in line with the new guidance;
  • Information now included in relation to considerations and proximity to sensitive premises;
  • Number of gambling related premises licensed / permitted in Blackburn with Darwen;
  • Updated information on consulting with Public Health

Your comments should be sent to the Licensing Office by no later than midnight on 12 December either by email to licensingteam@blackburn.gov.uk or by post to:

Licensing, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Environment & Operations Dept., Public Protection Service, Davyfield Depot, Roman Road Industrial Estate, Blackburn, BB1 2LX