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Report of the Director of Law and Governance (Monitoring Officer)
The subject of the decision:
The Director of Law and Governance submitted a report seeking consideration of an application for a variation of a premises licence in respect of Worsall Village Hall, 3 Church Lane, Low Worsall TS15 9QB.
Alternative options considered:
1. To grant the application as applied for; or
2. To reject the whole or part of the application.
The Panel was satisfied that the licensing objectives were not likely to be adversely affected by the proposed licensable activities provided that appropriate conditions were imposed. Therefore, the Panel concluded that the alternative options were not appropriate in this instance.
The reason for the decision:
The Panel considered the representations of the parties both written and oral, the Licensing Act 2003 as amended, the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy and the guidance issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003.
The Panel noted that a licence was already in force pertaining to Worsall Village Hall. The existing licence authorised the sale of alcohol and various forms of regulated entertainment. The variation application was submitted on 21 May 2019 and sought to extend the licensable area, to extend the hours for licensable activities, to include the provision of late-night refreshment and to remove six conditions imposed on the existing licence.
The Panel noted that, prior to the hearing, the applicant had indicated that no regulated entertainment would be permitted in the external areas of the premises. Accordingly, the Panel was satisfied that any concerns relating specifically to outdoor entertainment would be alleviated. The Panel also noted that live and recorded music may be carried out without authorisation under certain circumstances in accordance with statute.
The Panel noted that 14 local residents made representations against the proposed variation. The representations related to expected noise levels (particularly in the external areas), car parking issues and anti-social behaviour. The Panel noted that no complaints had been made to the licensing authority or the Council’s Environmental Health Service in respect of any issues caused by licensable activities.
The applicant informed the Panel that the premises were managed by a committee made up of volunteers. The applicant explained that the premises were used for different types of private bookings and that income from bookings was used to cover the running costs of the hall. The Panel noted that it was required to consider the likely effect that the proposed activities would have on the licensing objectives. The Panel was satisfied that the financial viability of a licensed premises was not a relevant consideration in determining the application.
The applicant told the Panel that the management committee controls the type of events that are booked in order to reduce the risk of noise nuisance to local residents. However, the Panel was also informed by the applicant that the applicant has no control over the guests who attend the bookings.
The Panel was informed by the applicant’s previous booking secretary that she had not received any complaints from local residents in respect of events held at ... view the full minutes text for item LAHP.4