Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (Betting Shops) Bill

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (Betting Shops) BillFurther to the Government’s earlier announcement on plans to kerb the proliferation of High Street betting shops, a Private Members' Bill, Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (Betting Shops) Bill, was introduced yesterday.


The Bill introduces a requirement on the Secretary of State to create a new planning use class for betting shops with fixed odds betting terminals, which would require the granting of planning permission; to provide that local planning authorities assess demand for fixed odds betting terminal betting shops when considering applications for premises in that planning use class and place a cap on the number of such shops for which planning permission may be granted in any area; and for connected purposes.


This Bill will mainly affect planning laws but may be of interests to licensing practitioners.


This Bill is expected to have its second reading debate on 27 February 2015.