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Cumulative Impact Assessment

Read the Cumulative Impact Assessment for Westminster.

Cumulative impact is the term used to describe the stress that having a number of licensed premises in a concentrated area can have on the four licensing objectives, which are:

  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • prevention of public nuisance
  • protection of children from harm
  • public safety

It is often not that licensed premises on their own are operating in a way that is detrimental to the licensing objectives, but it is the cumulation of the premises and the activities that surround them that creates the increased problems and undermines the licensing objectives .

Cumulative impact can occur either in the area where the premises are located or some distance away from them, for example at public transport locations or fast food premises. The cumulation of licensed premises can have a disproportionate demand on local services such as transport, public lavatories, waste collection and street cleaning. There may also be a higher level of crime and disorder, often associated with alcohol related violence that can take place which will draw in additional demands on the police as well as the ambulance service.

A Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA) examines the available data to establish if the presence of licensed premises in certain areas had led to cumulative impact.

2023 Cumulative Impact Assessment PDF, 13.41 MB, 132 pages

Previous CIAs

Published: 12 February 2021

Last updated: 18 December 2023