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Introductions and procedure


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


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Ngongo.


Declarations of substitute members


Councillor Spall substituted for Councillor Ngongo.


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.



There were no declarations of interest.


Order of Business


The order of business would be as the agenda.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 115 KB




That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 March 2019 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.


Shpella, 21 Crouch Hill, N4 4AP - New premises licence pdf icon PDF 8 MB


The licensing officer reported that, regarding the planning situation, the premises had A3 planning consent but this had now been transferred to A1. Hours were until 6pm previously. This was a variation application.


The Sub-Committee noted that a resident that was unable to attend the meeting requested that smokers be limited to three people and the outside space be swept regularly. This had been included in the proposed conditions.  The resident asked that an awning be erected, however, it was noted that this may require planning consent.


The previous licence had been approved under delegated authority. 


One local resident attended the meeting.  She stated that there had been issues with the extractor fan but this had now been fixed. She said that when the premises were open residents could hear conversations in the kitchen, even when windows were closed.  She was very concerned about the extension of hours.  She also would prefer less smokers outside or that smokers were moved around the corner of the property.


The applicant’s representative stated that the premises had previously been licensed up until midnight as A1. The premises held an alcohol licence until 6pm. The extractor fan was changed in January. There may have been noise from workers at this time.  The police asked that the hours be reduced to 10pm and this was agreed. It was also agreed that there be only three smokers outside and that there be a regular sweep outside.  They could currently be open until 10pm but would want the alcohol licence extended from 6pm. This was not a pub.  They intended to have bottled beers with food.


In response to questions, the applicant stated that the extractor fan was changed in January which alleviated the noise.  Carpet could not be used for health reasons so chairs could scrape on the floor and create noise.  The kitchen was very small and only one person could stand in there at a time.  The applicant would prefer 11pm as the sale of alcohol time.  The lease stated it was A3 but the previous tenant had changed the premises from a restaurant to a hairdresser which would be A1 use.  The licensing officer reported that once the premises was operated as A1 use it could not then revert back to A3 use. The applicant was in the process of applying for A3 use.  The premises had been trading as a café since 2015. It had stated that it was A3 on the lease so the applicant was not aware that it was A1.  There was a smoking sign to limit smokers to three persons outside and they would stop further customers smoking if necessary.  The applicant assured the Sub-Committee that they were responsible and would do everything they could to fix issues.  They would not serve customers who were drunk. They engaged with the local community and would offer a phone number if necessary. Alcohol would be served ancillary to food. The majority of trade was for breakfast.  They intended to serve  ...  view the full minutes text for item 47.


Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, WC1X 9EW - New premises licence pdf icon PDF 4 MB


The licensing officer reported that the application was time limited and the applicant would be vacating the site on the 31 July 2022.  The conditions proposed by the Licensing Authority had been agreed. 


The applicant stated they would move back to Somerset House after the short lease at Vernon Square.  It was stated that this was a small university with about 550 students and had a summer school programme. One off celebratory events may be held where alcohol could be consumed e.g. the ResFest event recently held. These events would be ticketed and would not be freely accessible.  The applicant would be keen to build up relationships with residents.  Music would be played at events.


In response to questions, it was noted that the ResFest was an annual event and next year it would be held in Dundee. There would be a limited number of end of term or celebratory events.  The exit was a small gate next to the church but had 24hour security, CCTV and they were very engaged with the church.  They expected 500 people at events but it would be rare to reach this top limit and not all patrons would leave at the same time.  It was noted that proposed condition 2 should read per 100 persons attending events.  The applicant agreed that if a maximum limit of an 800 people capacity was a concern this number could be capped at 500 for one off events.  It was noted that the temporary event was held for 500 persons. The applicant admitted that they had not been aware that the premises was in a cumulative impact area.  Additional security would be arranged for events as necessary.  The applicant would not be seeking to hire out the venue for private events such as weddings. Events would need to be compatible with their ethos and mission and would need to be considered as appropriate eg. events aligned with the art world or with another university.  The applicant accepted that bagpipes had caused an issue for residents on their opening party but lessons had been learned.  Music had been played using a temporary event notice but it was on the top floor and away from the residential side of the premises.  Music for events would not be amplified.



1)     That the application for a new premises licence, in respect of Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, WC1X 9EW, be granted to allow:-


a)    The provision of films from 6pm until 10pm Monday to Friday from 10am until 10pm.

b)    The provision of live music from 6pm until 10pm Monday to Sunday.

c)    The provision of recorded music from 10am until 10pm Monday to Sunday.

d)    Opening hours to be 9.30am to 10pm Monday to Sunday.


2)     That conditions detailed on pages 85 of the agenda shall be applied to the licence with the following amendments:-

·         Addition to condition 1 – Door supervisors shall be employed at the rate of 1 every 100 persons with a minimum of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 48.