distribution of fixed odds betting terminals (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th July 2019.

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Photo of Onkar Sahota Onkar Sahota Labour

In addressing the impact of gambling outlets, particularly fixed odds betting terminals, what support have you given to boroughs in their management of the planning and licensing conditions for these businesses?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My draft London Plan is clear that development plans and development proposals should manage clusters of commercial uses – including betting shops – having regard to the impact on town centre vitality, sustainability, place-making, community safety, and mental and physical health and wellbeing. I do not have powers or responsibilities relating to the licensing of gambling premises. However, my draft London Plan encourages boroughs to take a co-ordinated approach between the planning and licensing systems when developing town centre strategies.