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The Court of Appeal concluded that the Gambling Commission acted within its powers when it refused Greene King’s application for a bingo operating licence to provide commercial bingo in its pubs.

The licence was originally refused on the grounds that to grant it would be inconsistent with the licensing objectives.  

The Court of Appeal’s judgment clarifies that the Gambling Commission has wide discretion when exercising its functions and can consider the operating environment in which gambling facilities take place as part of its assessment of whether an application is consistent with the licensing objectives.

This case will now be returned to the First-tier Tribunal.


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Posted on 01 June 2017