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House of Commons Briefing paper - Betting shops: licensing and planning issues Published Date: 21/12/2020

This Library paper published on 17 December 2020, looks at licensing and planning issues relating to betting shops in Great Britain, setting out discussions about the restrictions on local authorities ability to refuse applications and the planning controls through ‘use classes’ which were amended in April 2015, placing betting shops in the “sui generis” category, so any change of use to a betting shop requires an application to the local planning authority for planning permission.

The paper is provided through the House of Commons Library research service which provides MPs and their staff with the impartial briefing and evidence base they need to do their work in scrutinising Government, proposing legislation, and supporting constituents.

View the briefing paper: Betting shops: licensing and planning issues