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GUILDFORD WINS LANDMARK PUB HOURS RULING

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A judge has ruled councils can decide against longer drinking hours in areas with large numbers of pubs and clubs....
A judge has ruled councils can decide against longer drinking hours in areas with large numbers of pubs and clubs.

The case arose when pub chain JD Wetherspoon sued Guildford BC over its refusal to allow a 2am extension.

Guildford had designated the road concerned a 'cumulative impact area' because of disorder and nuisance associated with high concentrations of alcohol sales. This means licence applicants must prove they would not worsen the situation.

JD Wetherspoon challenged whether this policy applied to extensions but Mr Justice Beatson said the council had acted reasonably.

A JD Wetherspoon spokesman said it was likely to reapply for a shorter extension.
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