Tag Archives: planning

Brazil finalises first draft of sports betting bill

Following the finalisation of a public consultation, Brazil’s Ministry of Economy is finalising a draft regulatory decree for online and land-based sports betting, which will lay the foundations for “various companies to operate in the market”. Under the new decree, there would be no limit set on the number of licences that would be awarded by the state. Neil Montgomery, …

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Consultation on betting shop planning changes launched

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched a technical consultation into proposed further planning reforms, outlining proposals for a wide range of changes aimed at simplifying and speeding up the planning process, although there are opposite repercussions for betting shops. The consultation is seeking views on the proposal to make a regulatory change to require a planning …

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ABB: Gambling law should be ‘based on facts, not scaremongering’

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has warned that any changes to betting shop regulations to tackle problem gambling should be ‘based on facts, not scaremongering’. In response to the government’s new plans to impose greater restrictions on gaming machines, gambling advertising and LBO planning laws, the ABB has accused the government of failing to listen to the one million …

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Shake up in planning laws for betting shops

Gambling firms who want to open up new betting shops on the high street may find they are stopped from doing so under new plans to give local authorities more control over the make-up of their high streets. Bookies who want to open new shops will have to submit a planning application and local councils will be able to refuse …

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Ministerial statement: Betting shops and gambling

Minister for gambling Helen Grant MP has made this statement to Parliament: “The 2005 Gambling Act was introduced by the then Government with the aim of liberalising the gambling market in Great Britain. Nearly seven years on from the Act’s implementation, the gambling industry has developed in innovative ways, with new products now marketed and made available on a greater …

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Union warns against knee-jerk LBO closures

Trade union Community is concerned ahead of an expected announcement by the government that will provide new powers to local councils to curb the opening of high street betting shops and that the stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals might be changed. The news follows Friday’s announcement of 420 potential job cuts at high street bookmaker William Hill. Responding to …

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LBO staff take 1m signatures to Downing Street

Betting shop staff are to present a petition signed by 1m people to Downing Street today in a bid to get the government to push back its current relentless changes to the regulation of bookmakers. Campaigns against FOBTs, so called ‘clustering’ of shops and the accusations that the industry is targeting poor areas has left the government feeling vulnerable to …

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Belfast High Court refuses Ladbroke’s appeal against planning decision

A Belfast High Court judge has rejected all aspects of an appeal from Ladbrokes against a decision of the NI Planning Service to grant planning permission for the extension of two local independent bookmakers outlets in the city. Sean Graham and Toal’s bookmakers were granted planning approval to extend their outlets in Castle Street and High Street respectively. Ladbrooke’s parent …

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