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London Night Czar publish licensing guidance

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London Night Czar publish licensing guidance 7th November 2017

London’s Night Czar, Amy Lame, has published guidance aimed at protecting, supporting and sustaining the London’s night-time venues.

According to report by The Planner, the guidance is for local authorities and developers, providing them with “urgently needed” support to safeguard the capital’s night-time economy and culture venues.

London has lost nearly half of its night clubs and a third of its grassroots music venues since 2007, according to the Mayor of London’s report on music venues (pdf). A quarter of the capital’s pubs have been lost since 2001 and 58 per cent of LGBT+ venues (pdf) have closed since 2006.

The guidance notes how local authorities can ensure that new homes built in their area can co-exist with current live music venues, night clubs and pubs. It says planning, licensing and noise teams should work together.

The guidance has been published ahead of the draft London Plan, which will be brought out later this month.

Night Czar Amy Lamé said: “The thing I’ve most enjoyed about being London’s Night Czar is meeting Londoners out and about on my night surgeries. From security workers to mixologists, nurses to tube drivers – London really comes alive at night. The stories I hear are fascinating and inspiring. As I look ahead, one of my key focuses will be looking at how the workplaces of night-time employees can be improved.”

Richard Olszewski, cabinet member for finance and transformation at Camden Council, welcomed the guidance, saying it will help the council “further strengthen our night-time economy, allowing us to enhance our diverse cultural offer while maintaining local residents’ safety through appropriate licensing and public protection measures”.

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