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Agenda and draft minutes

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Introductions and procedure

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The Chair introduced all parties and outlined the procedure.


Apologies for absence

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Declarations of substitute members

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Declarations of interest

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


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(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.

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This applies to all members present at the meeting.


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Order of Business

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The order of Business was as per the Agenda.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 216 KB

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That the minutes of the previous meeting be agreed as a correct record and the Chair be authorised to sign them.


EDENS CHICKEN COTTAGE, 264 SEVEN SISTERS ROAD, N4 2HY - New Premise Licence pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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The Licensing Officer updated the Sub Committee that the hours being sought had been amended during the consultation period and these were detailed in the Agenda Pack. Representations had been received from the Local Authority and Community Safety.


The Local Authority explained that the hours sought were still outside of framework hours and this would be a late-night premises that could attract intoxicated patrons from the surrounding pubs and bars. There had also been previous issues with delivery drivers and their behaviour in this area. There needed to be a process in place to control delivery drivers but there was not much evidence of this in the operation schedule. In response to questions from the Sub Committee the Local Authority explained that any conditions applied would only be enforceable from 11pm.


Community Safety explained that there was a lot of noise generated by late night venues and this was a residential area. There were also many Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) issues associated with late night venues such as littering, toileting, idling, illegal parking. Their main concern was surrounding the management of large groups that could gather and the ASB associated with large numbers of delivery drivers. To mitigate these concerns, community safety suggested identifying parking spaces and trained security in the premises to moderate any issues that may occur from drunk patrons and large groups. In response to questions, they explained that non-motorised vehicles help with noise concerns and illegal parking issues. They further explained that other premises in the area such as McDonalds had complied well with these issues and done a lot of work to reduce the impact to residents, there therefore needed to be a clear expectation of what is wanted from the owners.


The applicant’s representative explained that they had initially sought hours up to 5am but due to concerns from responsible authorities and residents this was reduced. They had already agreed conditions with the police on non-motorised vehicles. The applicant’s representative explained the manager was very experienced, managing a premises in Brent that was open until 5am, this was a comprehensive operation with well trained staff. They further explained they have a good relationship with the delivery drivers and are able to manage them well, so they do not cause any issues. In response to questions the applicant and their representative expressed willingness to restrict deliveries after 11 pm to alleviate concerns about late-night operations. The area had not experienced any problems with anti-social behaviour when closing at 11pm. Regarding neighbouring businesses, the speaker was not familiar with activities outside their own and mentioned a fried chicken shop open until 5am nearby, with uncertainty about its policies. Staffing considerations always included a minimum of three fully trained staff, undergoing training every six months. If the license was granted, similar training would be provided to staff at the Islington premises for late-night operations. The business had been operational for seven years, closing at 11 pm with no issues. Although the manager split time between Brent and Islington,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 94.



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The Licensing officer explained the applicant had submitted a further document that had been circulated to all parties. They explained there were no local residents present to make verbal representations. Conditions had been agreed with the Police and Noise team.


The applicant explained there had been a long happy 50-year relationship. The theatre had developed local actors and producers and provided a good entertainment space for residents. The theatre productions will carry on in the purpose-built space to lead to more successful and professional productions. The building did have a slightly unusual layout with access gained via upper street but all licensable activities will take place underground in the basement area. All the bars were temporary and moveable structures and there would be no fixed bar. Most shows will be finished by 10pm and patrons are not anticipated to congregate afterwards. There were occasional later shows planned such as comedy and cabaret. The applicant understood there were people living above and their concerns but they did not expect large volumes of people to be leaving late into the night.


In response to questions the applicant explained that the maximum capacity of the venue was 200 seats, with an additional flexible space for around 50 individuals. Full capacity was not expected regularly, reaching the maximum only during theatre performances. Anticipated audience numbers varied depending on the show, with an expectation of a gradual increase in engagement over time. Ticket presales allowed for advance knowledge of attendance, and the venue could be responsive to these numbers with an agreed condition with the police mandated maintaining adequate staff levels. Regarding dispersal, there was a policy in place, with an expectation that people were unlikely to linger after theatre performances. A side exit would be used if two shows were scheduled together and a quick dispersal was desired. The primary intention for the venue was not as a bar but as a theatre that provided drinks, with the expectation that individuals not connected to productions were unlikely to frequent the space regularly. It was also noted that the move to the current premises had been envisioned for at least 10 years.



The Sub-Committee has decided to grant the application for a new premises licence to THE KING’S HEAD THEATRE, 116P UPPER STREET, LONDON N1 1AP

1)    The sale by retail of alcohol, on & off supplies, Mondays to Sundays from 10:00 until 00:00;

2)    The performance of plays, the performance of live music, the playing of recorded music and the performance of dance, Mondays to Sundays from 10:00 until 00:00;

3)    The provision of late-night refreshment, Mondays to Sundays from 23:00 until 00:00; and

4)    The premises to be open to the public, Mondays to Sundays from 08:00 until 00:30 the following day.

Conditions detailed on pages 99 to 101 of the agenda shall be applied to the licence.



The Sub-Committee listened to all the evidence and submissions and read all the material. The Sub-Committee reached the decision having given consideration  ...  view the full minutes text for item 95.


Review of Personal Licence


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