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Items
No. Item

164.

Introductions and procedure

Minutes:

Councillor Nick Wayne welcomed everyone to the meeting and officers and members introduced themselves.  The procedure for the conduct of the meeting was outlined.

165.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Gary Poole.

166.

Declarations of substitute members

Minutes:

Councillor Wayne substituted for Councillor Poole.

167.

Declarations of interest

If you have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest* in an item of business:

§  if it is not yet on the council’s register, you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent;

§  you may choose to declare a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest that is already in the register in the interests of openness and transparency. 

In both the above cases, you must leave the room without participating in discussion of the item.

 

If you have a personal interest in an item of business and you intend to speak or vote on the item you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent but you may participate in the discussion and vote on the item.

 

*(a)     Employment, etc - Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

(b) Sponsorship - Any payment or other financial benefit in respect of your expenses in carrying out duties as a member, or of your election; including from a trade union.

(c) Contracts - Any current contract for goods, services or works, between you or your partner (or a body in which one of you has a beneficial interest) and the council.

(d) Land - Any beneficial interest in land which is within the council’s area.

(e) Licences- Any licence to occupy land in the council’s area for a month or longer.

(f) Corporate tenancies - Any tenancy between the council and a body in which you or your partner have a beneficial interest.

 (g) Securities - Any beneficial interest in securities of a body which has a place of business or land in the council’s area, if the total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body or of any one class of its issued share capital. 

 

This applies to all members present at the meeting.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

168.

Order of Business

Minutes:

The order of business would be as the agenda.

169.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 155 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED

That the minutes of the meeting held on the 3 April 2017 be confirmed as a correct record and the Chair be authorised to sign them.

170.

Titania, 113 Holloway Road, N7 8LT - New premises licence pdf icon PDF 20 MB

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee noted that confirmation had been received from the applicant agreeing to an adjournment to the 19 June 2017. The interested parties had also been in agreement to this.

 

RESOLVED

That the application for a new premises licence, in respect of Titania, 113 Holloway Road, N7 8LT be adjourned until the 19 June 2017.

171.

Humble Grape, 11-13 Theberton Street, N1 0QY - New premises licence pdf icon PDF 10 MB

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee noted the additional papers tabled; a letter submitted by the interested parties and a proposed list of conditions submitted by the licensing officer reflecting the comments of the interested parties.  These papers would be interleaved with the agenda papers. The Sub-Committee noted that the applicant agreed to delete conditions 1, 6 and 7d but stated that they would prefer conditions 3 and 8 to remain.

 

The licensing officer informed that due to an administrative error, Councillor Gary Poole had been unable to submit a representation.

 

The licensing authority reported that the latest documents had been considered and in response to a question from the Chair of the Sub-Committee clarified that the representation still remained but should the Sub-Committee grant the application they would suggest imposing the tabled conditions.

 

The Sub-Committee noted that condition 5 regarding CCTV was a condition that was regularly applied to licences.

 

The noise team reported that the applicant had agreed the noise conditions.

 

The interested parties reported that they had met with the applicant.  A resident raised concerns that the premises had been food led for the past twenty years and would now be drinks led if this application was granted.  The cumulative impact would be significant. There were many residents living in close proximity and they would want the impact to be mitigated. The resident would prefer a condition to restrict the sale of alcohol with the provision of food and they would also require a limit on the number of events held. Residents remained opposed to the off-licence.  The resident stated that the area was saturated with off licences.  Residents were opposed to the outdoor tables and stated that there was a narrow pavement outside the premises and the noise from customers would be a nuisance to neighbours.  There would need to be an off sales licence if serving alcohol to the tables outside. Deliveries were already a nuisance, particularly at those premises adjoining Humble Grape and residents would not want a 10pm delivery service which they considered would change the nature of the establishment.

 

In response to questions, the Sub-Committee noted that the pavement outside was narrow for tables and chairs outside which made it difficult to pass by unencumbered.  The road opposite acted as a funnel for noise from the tables and chairs and the resident stated that there would be a loss of amenity. It was noted that Humble Grape at Fleet Street had a different location type and this application would be judged on its merits in this location. The Sub-Committee noted that this premises had its own curtilage and did not require a tables and chairs licence.  However an off licence would be required to serve alcohol to the outside tables and chairs.

 

The applicant informed the Sub-Committee that the business was a new concept where wines were imported from tiny vineyards and served with ethically sourced food.  It would be a seated wine bar which served food.  They applicant lived next door to a Humble Grape  ...  view the full minutes text for item 171.

172.

Sourced Market, 7-12 Goswell Road, EC1M 7AH - New premises licence pdf icon PDF 824 KB

Minutes:

It was noted that this item had been adjourned from the meeting on the 22 May in order that planning issues be further considered. One interested party had discussed the application with the applicant and had withdrawn their representation. The Sub-Committee noted that the opening hours would be from 7am to 10pm. In respect of the planning consent, planning officers considered that the proposed use would be ancillary to the hotel use.  If the situation changed there would need to be a planning application.

 

The applicant stated that this was a small premises which was a specialist delicatessen/bakery/café that was seeking to sell alcohol. In other branches, alcohol accounted for 10% of sales and 80% was consumed on the premises.  There were likely to be a maximum of 45 customers on the premises.

 

RESOLVED

1)       That the application for a new premises licence, in respect of Sourced Market, Ground Floor, 7-12 Goswell Road, EC1M 7AH, be granted to allow:-

 

a)     To allow the supply of alcohol on the premises from 11am until 10pm from Monday to Sunday.

b)     Opening hours to be 7am until 10pm Monday to Sunday.

 

2)       That conditions detailed on page 196 of the agenda be applied to the licence.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

The Sub-Committee listened to all the evidence and submissions and read all the material. The Sub-Committee reached the decision having given consideration to the Licensing Act 2003, as amended, and its regulations, the current national guidance and the Council’s Licensing Policy.

 

The Sub-Committee took into consideration Licensing Policy 2.  The premises fall within the Bunhillcumulative impact area.  Licensing policy 2 creates a rebuttable presumption that applications for new premises licences that are likely to add to the existing cumulative impact will normally be refused, unless an applicant can demonstrate why the operation of the premises involved will not add to the cumulative impact or otherwise impact adversely on the promotion of the licensing objectives.

 

Four local resident objections had been received.  There had been no representations made by the responsible authorities.

 

The Sub-Committee considered licensing policy 8 and noted that the hours sought had been reduced following discussions with interested parties including a resident who was present at the previous meeting, who had now withdrawn their representation on this basis.

 

The Sub-Committee heard evidence from the applicant regarding the nature of the operation and noted that it was not alcohol led.   The Sub-Committee also noted the limited number of covers provided.

 

The Sub-Committee concluded that granting the application, within the core hours and with the proposed conditions, would not adversely impact on the cumulative area or otherwise impact adversely on the promotion of the licensing objectives.

 

When making their decision the Sub-Committee also considered licensing policy 9 and 10 regarding standards of management.

173.

Transport, 70-74 City Road, EC1V 2BJ - Premises licence variation pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee noted that this was a variation application to reduce the hours and to amend the plan.  Conditions were tabled which had been agreed by the applicant and would be interleaved with the agenda papers. There was to be a seated restaurant on the ground floor. 

 

The noise officer reported that the premises would be an improvement and she’d had good communication with the acoustic consultant who had taken on board all advice given. 

 

The interested party reported that he lived 100m away from the premises.  He had met with the applicant who had accepted all but 1 of his proposed conditions. He raised concerns about the ‘counter area’ indicated on the proposed plan which he considered could be an issue in the future.

 

It was noted that a variation could allow for a change in curtilage, although there was no provision for off sales and this would require a new variation application.  The applicant’s representative agreed that the counter area could be excluded from the plan and undertook to submit a revised plan within seven days. 

 

The applicant’s representative reported that a reduction in hours to 2am would reduce the cumulative impact and the business plan would turn an alcohol led premises into a food led business.  The footprint of the licensed area would be reduced to 280sqm and there would be a reduction in capacity to 350 persons.  Disabled access would be improved. Two lobbies had been installed to prevent noise escape.  Noise levels had been calibrated to ensure there was no noise at the nearest residential premises.  There was a new dispersal policy with a good operator.  The responsible authorities had not objected and comments made by residents had been taken on board and turned into conditions. 

 

In response to questions it was noted that music had been tested in the nearest residential premises on a Wednesday evening.  Different tracks had been played and noise levels adjusted as necessary.  Once the business was open this would be repeated. A phone number would be made available to residents.  The noise officer advised that a limiter would be installed and certificates issued.  It was advisable to check noise levels on a regular basis.  The noise team would respond if there were issues.

 

In summary the applicant’s representative stated that he considered that all issues had been resolved with residents. 

 

RESOLVED

1)       That the application for a new premises licence, in respect of Transport, 70-74 City Road, EC1V 2BJ, be granted to allow:-

a)           To change the plan attached to the premises licence

b)           To reduce the hours for the provision of regulated entertainment including live music, recorded music and performance of dance: 10 to midnight, Sunday to Wednesday, 10 to 1am Thursday and 10 to 2am Friday and Saturday.

c)           To reduce the hours for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises 10:00 to midnight, Sunday to Wednesday, 10:00 am to 1am Thursday and 10 am to 2am Friday to Saturday.

d)           To reduce the hours  ...  view the full minutes text for item 173.