Betting Shops

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A constituent has contacted me about Newham Council's decision to throw out a planning application for a 'Paddy Power' betting shop, and the case has recently gone to court. You previously said you have lobbied Government about changes to the Classes Order so that any change of use to a betting shop would require planning permission. Do you support attempts by London Boroughs to prevent high concentrations of betting shops? Do you think the London Plan provides a sufficient framework to control high concentrations of betting shops?


Answer for Betting Shops

Answer for Betting Shops

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I do agree that boroughs should be able to use the planning system to address clusters of any use that affects the vitality and viability of town centres, and I do intend to look at this matter further in the context of forthcoming further alterations to the London Plan. In the meantime, my draft Town Centres Supplementary Planning Guidance I recognise the importance of managing clusters of uses (including betting shops) in the interests of having diverse and therefore more vital and viable town centres. I support attempts by London Boroughs to prevent high concentrations of betting shops where it can be shown that these have a negative impact on town centre vitality and viability, competitiveness, diversity of offer, community safety or security. None of this affects the fundamental point that there are limits in the extent to which the planning system can control betting shops effectively because of their national A2 use classification, and I will go on pressing the case for a change to this national legislation.