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Gambling Policy Under Review

West Devon Borough 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 West Devon Borough 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. It also includes 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 Caroline Mott, West Devon Borough Council Lead Member for Licensing said: "We're making minor changes to our policy to reflect the latest guidance and to ensure our policy is as clear as possible for our residents. If your business or community organisation has an interest in this policy, please do take a look at our report and let us know what you think." 

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.

You can find out more and share your views here:


Issued 14 September 2021

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