Brighton and Hove City Council and Sussex Police have persuaded magistrates to reject an appeal by Sainsbury’s against the council's decision to reject their application for an alcohol licence for their North Street store in the city centre.
It is the first time since the local authority took over responsibility for licensing that a major supermarket has had an appeal thrown out by magistrates in the city.
Sainsbury's, which is also in the process of opening a store in St James's Street, applied for permission to sell alcohol every day from 7am to 11pm. But North Street is in the city’s cumulative impact zone [CIZ] and the magistrates agreed with the council that Sainsbury’s had failed to show it would not add to crime, disorder and public nuisance in the area even though the supermarket offered to accept more stringent conditions on its licence.
In an embarrassing blow, the magistrates also ordered Sainsbury's to pay the costs of the hearing.
Brighton and Hove's licensing committee is planning to extend the city's cumulative impact area [see earlier story] which prevents new licenses being issued unless there are exceptional grounds for doing so.
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