New powers expected to curb spread of betting shops

The overhaul of rules on gambling may include a change to planning regulations to let councils stop new betting shops open.

The Government is expected to give councils new powers to stop betting shops opening in their area. Credit: Phil Cole/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Under current rules bookmakers do not always need planning permission to open a new outlet.

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Government crackdown on 'high stake gambling'

Local authorities have been given greater powers to decide whether to allow new high street betting shops to open under a review of gambling measures.