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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 The Leven, 27 High Street, Stokesley. According to Council records, the premises was already subject to an existing premises licence authorising the sale of alcohol and various forms of regulated entertainment between the hours of 11am and 12.30am. The new application sought to authorise a ‘shadow premises licence to mirror the existing licence.
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 or to impose any additional conditions beyond those already contained within the applicant’s operating schedule. The Panel therefore concluded that the alternative options were not appropriate in this instance.
The reason for the decision:
The Panel noted that three local residents had initially objected to the grant of a new premises licence but one had withdrawn prior to the hearing. The Panel considered the two remaining representations from local residents, the written and oral submissions made on behalf of the applicant, the relevant case law provided on behalf of the applicant, 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 the purpose of the application was to protect his company’s interests as the owner of the premises. The Panel was informed that the existing premises licence was held by the leaseholder and a shadow licence would provide some security in the event that the primary licence lapses following the death, incapacity or insolvency of the existing licence holder.
The applicant made reference to a High Court case involving Extreme Oyster/Star Oyster Limited and Guildford Borough Council to demonstrate that applications by landlords for ‘shadow licences’ are compliant with the Licensing Act 2003 and must be determined in the usual way.
The Panel gave appropriate weight to two representations submitted by local residents in relation to alleged drug use on the premises, loud music, customers urinating in nearby gardens, customers fighting and aggressive behaviour in close proximity to local residents.
The applicant invited the Panel to consider paragraph 9.12 of the statutory guidance issued under s182 of the Licensing Act 2003, which states “it is likely that a particular responsible authority will be the licensing authority’s main source of advice in relation to a particular licensing objective…The police should usually therefore be the licensing authority’s main source of advice on matters relating to the promotion of the crime and disorder licensing objective”. The applicant indicated that any concerns relating to noise nuisance and crime and disorder would generally be the responsibility of Environmental Health and North Yorkshire Police.
The Panel acknowledged that none of the responsible authorities had made representations and, whilst the Panel was unable to draw reliable conclusions with regards to any current concerns based on the information provided ... view the full minutes text for item LAHP.1