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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 premises licence in respect of Everyman Cinema, Treadmills, East Road, Northallerton, DL6 1NW. The application sought to authorise the performance of plays and the exhibition of films between the hours of 9am and 3am every day; the performance of live music, the playing of recorded music, the performance of dance and any entertainment of a similar description between the hours of 9am and 3am every day; the sale of alcohol between the hours of 9am and 3am every day and the provision of late night refreshment between the hours of 11pm and 3am every day.
Alternative options considered:
The Panel considered all of the options outlined in paragraph 7.2 of the officer’s report. 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 written representations of all parties, oral representations of the applicant and one local resident, the Licensing Act 2003 as amended, the four licensing objectives, the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy and the guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003.
The Panel noted that three local residents had submitted representations in relation to concerns in respect of anti-social behaviour, littering and noise nuisance.
The Panel noted that the applicant confirmed two amendments to the application, namely:
(i) that the terminal hour for all licensable activities will be midnight; and
(ii) that the use of the terrace will terminate at 10pm.
The applicant informed the Panel that the application related to the provision of a cinema containing four auditoriums, a bar area and a terrace. The applicant informed the Panel that the premises (as defined by the plans accompanying the application) would only be suitable for use as a cinema. The applicant informed the Panel that only those attending as patrons of the cinema would be permitted to purchase alcohol. The Panel was also informed that alcohol sales only formed approximately 5% of the applicant’s business income.
The applicant told the Panel that the company currently operated 28 cinemas across the UK, providing a more expensive and comfortable style of cinema experience. The Panel was informed that several of those premises were located close to residential accommodation and that the company sought to develop a good relationship with its residential neighbours. The applicant informed the Panel that it had not had a single complaint of public nuisance, anti-social behaviour or crime at any of the other cinemas it operated.
The Panel noted that the applicant had proposed conditions in the operating schedule to promote the licensing objectives including the adoption of a “Challenge 25” scheme and the installation of CCTV.
The Panel noted that the application had not attracted representations from Environmental Health, the Police ... view the full minutes text for item LAHP.1