Premises like nightclubs, pubs and bars need licences to sell alcohol, but the deregulation would allow one-off events to be held in private premises like warehouses at any time of the day or night without the need for authorities to be notified.
Are we realy being asked to accept that it is only the requirement for additional entertainment licensing that is currently preventing warehouses from being used in the way suggested? After all, illegal activities are still illegal.
Sadly, at the moment, such things as mumming plays, school concerts, carol singing, sessions and all manner of other valuable cultural activities taking place just about everywhere are also illegal. Must these remain so?
The LGA does not appear to recognise that advanced planning legislation should be making sure that all premises are safe and suitable for its intended purpose and the the removal of the advanced requirement for additional enteratinment licensing will not alter the fact that all public premises need to be made safe in advance. Once they have been made safe - let the public use them for what they wish to do in them.
Rather than bodies like the LGA concentrating on some sort of return to them taking their historical advance cut from all types of entertainment activity, they would serve us better by ensuring that the public have safe and suitable premises available for all of their activities.