The licensing officer reported that the two interested parties were unable to attend the meeting but their representations remained. A delivery management plan had been submitted by the applicant and would be interleaved with the agenda papers.
The licensing authority stated that the hours requested were beyond core hours and the applicant would need to demonstrate how they would mitigate issues that could arise from customers who may be drunk and disorderly and buying food late at night.
The applicant stated that they had policies which dealt with disorderly customers and staff were instructed to refuse to serve drunk customers. There were panic buttons in the premises and staff could call for assistance. There was a store manager on duty at all times and they had high management standards. In the late hours there would be generally two delivery drivers on duty. Deliveries would be conducted at the front of the store where there was a minimal chance of residents being disturbed. The rear of the premises would only be used to park motorbikes at the end of the evening.
In response to questions it was noted that any issues were dealt with quickly. Residents could go into the store or email Head Office if they had any complaints. It was agreed by the applicant that there would be no third party drivers.
1) That the application for a premises licence variation, in respect of Domino’s Pizza, 598-602 Holloway Road, London, N19 3PH, be granted to allow the provision of late night refreshment, Sundays to Thursdays, from 11pm until 1am and on Fridays and Saturdays from 11pm until 2am.
2) That conditions detailed on pages 151 and 152 of the agenda be applied to the licence with the following additional condition.
· All delivery drivers to be employed directly by Domino’s Pizza.
REASONS FOR DECISION
The Sub-Committee considered the written application, the written and verbal submissions of the Licensing Authority, the written submissions of two residents and the verbal submissions of the applicant’s representative.
The application was for a variation of the licence in relation to the provision of late night refreshment to 1am on Sundays to Thursdays and to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Shortly before the hearing, the applicant filed and served a document entitled “Delivery Driver Management Plan”. The applicant agreed to this plan being included as a condition on the licence. The applicant confirmed at the hearing that all delivery drivers were employed directly by Domino’s Pizza.
The Sub-Committee took into consideration the facts that the venue is situated within the Holloway Cumulative Impact Area and that the licensed hours requested would be one hour over the Framework Hours as set out in Licensing Policy 6. The Sub-Committee also considered concerns regarding potential noise arising from deliveries (Licensing Policy 23) and from the licensable activities (Licensing Policy 22).
The Sub-Committee also took into consideration the fact that the premises were not alcohol led. The Sub-Committee was satisfied that the applicant had satisfactory procedures and policies in place to deal with drunk customers and problems with staff. It was also satisfied that the variation of the licence with the added conditions would not negatively impact on one or more of the licensing objectives.
The application to vary the licence was accordingly granted with the conditions set out above.