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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 the grant of a new premises licence in respect of Woodhouse Farm, Little Ayton, TS9 6HZ.
The application sought to authorise the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises between 12 noon and midnight on a Saturday and between
12 noon and 5pm on a Sunday; late night refreshment between 11pm and midnight on a Saturday; live music between 2pm and 11.30pm on a Saturday and between 12 noon and 5pm on a Sunday; recorded music between 12noon and midnight on a Saturday and between 12 noon and 5pm on a Sunday; performance of dance between 2pm and 11.30pm on a Saturday and 12 noon and 5pm on a Sunday.
Alternative options considered:
The Panel considered all of the options in paragraph 7.2 of the officer’s report.
The Panel did not consider it necessary to reject the application. The Panel therefore considered whether to grant the application as applied for or to grant the licence subject to additional conditions. The Panel was satisfied that appropriate conditions should be imposed to adequately promote the licensing objectives and therefore 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 applicant informed the Panel that a premises licence was required to authorise the proposed activities at an annual music festival with an outdoor main stage, an indoor arena for acoustic music and a food court and bar.
The Panel was informed that the event had already been subject to scrutiny from the Council’s Safety Advisory Group (SAG) comprising relevant bodies such as the police, the fire service, the ambulance service, emergency planning, highways and environmental health. The applicant indicated that his Event Management Plan had been developed in line with the advice of the relevant bodies.
The Panel was informed that, in accordance with the Event Management Plan, professional and properly authorised personnel had been engaged to provide security, medical assistance, traffic management, toilets, sound and stage. The applicant indicated that there would be security on all entrances, bag searches would be carried out, regular security patrols would be conducted and evacuation procedures would be in place. The applicant also informed the Panel that there would be an ambulance on site and that provision would be made for the air ambulance if necessary.
Note: Due to the applicant’s temporary loss of connection, the hearing was adjourned at 10.24am and reconvened at 10.30am with all parties present.
The Panel considered the representations of three local residents in relation to traffic, noise and potential disorder from attendees.
The Panel noted that none of the responsible authorities had made representations in relation to the licence application and several mitigating measures had been ... view the full minutes text for item LAHP.5