Although such cumulative impact policies are sometimes introduced to limit the number of pubs in a particular area, this is thought to be the first time in recent years that such a policy has been mooted for off-licences.
The council said: “The police believe that there is a link between the number of off-licensed premises in the wards identified [Bloomfield, Claremont, Talbot and Victoria] and crime and disorder. This is supported by the Quality Standards Division.
“The adoption of a special policy would be another tool to address crime and disorder, to restrict further growth of such problems and would support the crime prevention objective.”
If the new policy is agreed, it will not affect existing licensees in the areas but any new applicants will have to prove that their plans will not add to the cumulative impact of off-licences in the area.