Agenda and minutes

Licensing and Appeals Hearings Panel - Wednesday, 21st October, 2020 2.00 pm

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No. Item


Election of Chairman


The decision:


That Councillor P R Thompson be elected Chairman for the duration of the meeting.


(Councillor P R Thompson in the Chair)


Application for the Grant of a Premises Licence Velveteen Rabbit Luncheon Club, 1 High Street, Great Ayton pdf icon PDF 5 MB

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 The Velveteen Rabbit Luncheon Club, 1 High Street, Great Ayton.   The application sought to authorise the sale of alcohol for consumption on and off the premises between the hours of 8.30am and 11pm Monday to Saturday; between the hours of 8.30am and 10pm on a Sunday; and between the hours of 8.30am and 1am on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.  The application also sought to authorise the provision of live and recorded music between the hours of 11pm and 1am on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.


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 she had been a licence holder for over 10 years and that she understood her obligations and the benefits of working with local residents to reduce any adverse impacts.


The Panel considered representations relating to parking, traffic, late-night noise, excess lighting and anti-social behaviour.


The Panel also noted that concerns had been raised in relation to planning permission.  The Panel was satisfied that any premises operating in breach of its planning permission would be liable to prosecution under planning law and therefore the Panel concluded that the applicant would need to ensure compliance in this regard, irrespective of any decision of the licensing authority.  


The Panel was informed about existing issues relating to parking and vehicular traffic in the vicinity of the premises.  However, the Panel was not satisfied that the existing concerns in this regard could be solely attributed to the premises.  The Panel also noted that the licensing authority can only consider matters that relate to licensable activities.  The Panel acknowledged that there may be issues surrounding parking and traffic in the area but concluded that any such issues would not be significantly affected by the addition of alcohol sales on these premises.


The Panel considered representations relating to late-night noise from customers and music.  The Panel noted that the applicant only sought to authorise regulated entertainment on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.  The Panel also noted that it could not seek to regulate any exempt entertainment between the hours of 8am and 11pm.


The Panel was informed  ...  view the full minutes text for item LAHP.4