Brighton and Hove City Council has refused to grant an alcohol licence for the North Street branch of Sainsburys Local on the grounds that it is within the city centre Cumulative Impact Zone which means it must demonstrate that it will not add to alcohol fuelled crime and disorder.
Sainsbury’s applied to sell alcohol between 6am and midnight seven days a week at its newest store in the city which opened a few weeks ago. It is the eight branch in Brighton & Hove.
Chair of the Licensing Committee - Councillor Dee Simson - said: “We took into account objections received from local residents and the police and were not convinced that measures put forward by the applicant to deal with the problems would be sufficient.”
Chief Inspector Simon Nelson said: "We objected to the application in support of the local authority's policy on cumulative impact and the considerable number of businesses already offering affordable alcohol in the city.”
Sainsburys is almost certain to appeal against the decision and is almost certain to win.
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