Betting shops, payday loan outlets and pawnbrokers in Southwark

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Dear Southwark Borough Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following
information about betting shops, payday loan firms and pawnbrokers:

1. How many of the above businesses are there currently registered in Southwark? If possible could you present the data by the type of business.

2. How many of the above businesses have opened in Southwark since 1 January 2009?

3. Since passing the Article 4 direction on 8 October 2013:
3.1. How many planning permission requests has the Council received from betting shops, payday loan firms or pawnbrokers?
3.2. If any, have the been accepted or declined?

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Charles Allenby

Planning, Southwark Borough Council

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Plewniak, Martyna, Southwark Borough Council

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Dear Mr Allenby,

Your request for information: 338343

Thank you for your request for information dated on 30 October 2013 in
which you requested information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

 
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information
about betting shops, payday loan firms and pawnbrokers:

1.      How many of the above businesses are there currently registered in
Southwark? If possible could you present the data by the type of business.

Betting shops: Betting shops on the high street are required to hold a
general betting operating licence and a betting premises licence. 
Appendix 1 provides a list of the betting shops currently operating in
Southwark. 

Pay day loan shops and Pawnbrokers: These types of businesses do not
require a licence from the council to operate and may or may not have
required planning permission (i.e. the change of use through the General
Permitted Development Order did not require notification to the
council).   The information presented in Appendix 2 and 3 has been
collected from surveys of shopping frontages in the borough in 2012 and
2013.  The information should not be treated as an exhaustive list
because the premises may have been subject to change and some premises
not recorded.  This is the information the council currently has on
file. 

2.      How many of the above businesses have opened in Southwark since 1
January 2009?

Betting shops: Appendix 1 provides the date of granting the betting
licence. 

Pay day loan shops and Pawnbrokers: These types of businesses do not
require a licence to operate from the council and may or may not have
required planning permission (i.e. the change of use through the General
Permitted Development Order did not require notification to the
council).  It is therefore difficult to ascertain the exact date the
business started operating.  Appendix 2 and 3 provides information where
this has been able to be sourced from the council’s records.   

3.      Since passing the Article 4 direction on 8 October 2013:

3.1     How many planning permission requests has the Council received
from betting      shops, payday loan firms or pawnbrokers?

3.2.   If any, have the been accepted or declined?

On 17 October 2013 two immediate Article 4 Directions were implemented
to withdraw the permitted development rights granted by Schedule 2, Part
3, Class C and Schedule 2, Part 4, Class D of the Town and Country
Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended) for
changes of use in Southwark’s Protected Shopping Frontages.  This includes
change of use from:

 1. A3 (restaurants and cafes), A4 (drinking establishments) and A5 (hot
food takeaways) to A2 (financial and professional services).
 2. A1 (shops), A2 (financial and professional services), A3 (restaurants
and cafes), A4 (drinking establishments), A5 (hot food takeaways), B1
(business), D1 (non-residential institutions) and D2 (assembly and
leisure) to a flexible use falling within either class A1 (shops),
class A2 (financial and professional services), class A3 (restaurants
and cafes) or class B1 (business).

Since implementation of the directions, the council has not received any
planning applications for change of use to a betting shop, pay day loan or
pawnbroker. 

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