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Election of Chairman
That Councillor P R Thompson be elected Chairman for the duration of the meeting.
(Councillor P R Thompson in the Chair)
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 the variation of a premises licence in respect of Great Ayton Working Men’s Club, Whinstone View, Great Ayton, TS9 6AT. The application sought to extend the licensable area by the addition of two external areas on the premises plans attached to the club premises certificate. The applicant proposed to make a smoking area available for use between the hours of 11am and Midnight, and a beer garden available for use between the hours of 11am and 10pm.
Alternative options considered:
The Panel considered all of the options in paragraph 8.2 of the officer’s report.
The Panel was satisfied that the applicant’s proposals would be likely to have an adverse effect on the licensing objectives and therefore it was not appropriate to grant the application as applied for. However, the Panel was satisfied that appropriate conditions could be imposed to adequately promote the licensing objectives and therefore it was not necessary to reject the application in its entirety. Accordingly, 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, 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 The Panel noted that one of the representations annexed to the officer’s report had been withdrawn prior to the hearing.
The applicant’s representative informed the Panel that the applicant sought to provide a service in the external areas of the club premises. The Panel noted that the external areas were not included in the existing premises plans and therefore external consumption was not currently permitted due to a condition prohibiting the removal of drinks from the premises in open containers.
The Panel noted that the applicant had made assurances in relation to CCTV, regular glass collections and noise management in order to reduce any adverse impacts resulting from the proposed variation.
The Panel acknowledged that other local licensed premises are authorised to make use of external areas, but each application must be considered on its individual merits with a view to adequately promoting the licensing objectives.
The Panel considered representations in relation to children congregating around the club premises. However, the Panel was not satisfied that the existing concerns in this regard could be directly attributed to the club and, in any case, they would be unlikely to be exacerbated by the applicant’s proposals.
The Panel considered representations relating to anti-social behaviour. The Panel noted that none of the responsible authorities, including North Yorkshire Police, had raised any objections in this regard. The Panel also noted that there was no significant history of complaints in relation to the club.
The Panel was satisfied that any issues of anti-social behaviour from members and guests could be appropriately managed by the club in line with operating schedule and the conditions attached to the ... view the full minutes text for item LAHP.2