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Gorilla's Technologies, 95 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BT - New premises licence


The licensing officer confirmed that the unit was contained within the B1 element of the building and so therefore planning permission would not be required.


A local resident raised concerns regarding the timing and the noise from deliveries. Deliveries during the week had taken place at 6am in the morning and vehicles had blocked the entrance to the residents parking area and the road. He had suggested conditions and considered that the applicant should not make any additional noise from the operation. He had proposed restricting deliveries from 9 until 4 pm on weekdays and that deliveries should not block the entry/exit. He asked that drivers obey the Highway Code and also proposed a condition that no deliveries would take place on religious or national events.


In response to a comment from the Sub-Committee it was noted that security to the residents’ car park would be the responsibility of the freeholder.


The applicant stated that this was an on-line delivery business with no public access. Orders were made from an app and there was a ten minute delivery time from the time of order. No internal combustion engines would be used and this was conditioned.  The applicant stated that he would be happy to support car park security from the freeholder if the resident wished. A contact number could be provided and deliveries would not be made on Sundays. Most of the deliveries would be in small vans but one larger truck, which could not get into the loading bay, would be required once a day.  This vehicle could pull to the side of Herbal Hill with minimal noise and would be unloaded which would take no more than 20 minutes.


In response to questions related to noise, it was noted that trolleys that were used could have rubberised wheels and the applicant would liaise with the resident regarding the noise from the loading bay. Deliveries from the big truck were allocated within a time slot and the applicant stated that they could make this a regular time slot. Staff on smoking breaks could be moved to Clerkenwell Road. Each driver was responsible for their own order. The big delivery vehicle was used to provide frozen stock which came in large chillers. If the larger vehicle could not pull into Herbal Hill and was unable to park safely they would have to be sent away.


In summary, the resident stated that the deliveries were a big concern and if time slots were limited to the hours of 9am to 3pm that would be a huge benefit to residents. He was still concerned about the noise from the loading bay and he considered that the conditions he had proposed were not unreasonable.



1)     That the application for a new premises licence, in respect of Gorilla’s Technologies, 95 Farringdon Road, EC1 be granted to allow:-

a)        The sale of alcohol, off supplies only, Monday to Sunday from 8am until midnight.

b)        The premises to have the following operating hours:- Monday to Sunday from 8am until midnight.

2)           Conditions detailed on pages 41 to 43 of the agenda shall be applied to the licence with the following amendments:-

·      Deliveries will be made in crates on trolleys with air inflated rubber wheels.

·      Condition 5 to read. The delivery of licensable goods to the premises shall be restricted to the hours between 9am to 4pm on Monday to Saturday. No deliveries to take place on a Sunday or Bank Holiday. The licensee is permitted to receive one delivery per day in a large truck to unload in Herbal Hill, if space is available.

·      A contact telephone number to be provided to the residents association.

·      That deliveries in are only by suitably sized vehicles that can enter the loading bay area and simultaneously not block entry or exit for those using the resident’s car park.

·      The applicant must ensure that staff do not congregate outside the building


This meeting was facilitated by Zoom.


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 national guidance and the Council’s Licensing Policy.


The Sub-Committee took into consideration Licensing Policies 2 & 3.  The premises fall within the Clerkenwell cumulative impact area.  Licensing policy 3 creates a rebuttable presumption that applications for the grant or variation of premises licences which are likely to add to the existing cumulative impact will normally be refused following the receipt of representations, unless the applicant can demonstrate in the operation schedule that there will be no negative cumulative impact on one or more of the licensing objectives.


Objections had been received from six local residents and one Resident’s Association.  The Sub-Committee noted that the hours sought were outside the framework hours set out in the Policy for the Clerkenwell Cummulative Impact Area.


The Sub-Committee took into consideration the fact that no representations were made by the Licensing Authority. It noted further that conditions had been agreed between the Applicant and the Police and the Noise Team.


The Sub-Committee was informed by the Licensing Officer at the hearing that the premises did have the correct planning permission for the premises.


The Sub-Committee heard evidence from the Residents Association representative. He set out his concerns relating to noise vehicles to and from the premises and in relation to nuisance caused by the blocking of traffic and obstruction to residents caused by large delivery vehicles, especially in the early part of the day when people are leaving for work.


The Sub-Committee concluded that considering the nature of the business (delivery only and no access from the public), together with the agreed conditions with the Police and Noise Team, that the granting of the licence would not negatively impact on one or more of the licensing objectives.


To address the concerns raised by the residents, the Sub-Committee added further conditions to the license in relation to delivery times, the size of the delivery vehicles, contact details for the residents so that they could communicate any concerns directly to the licensee and it further defined where employees are not permitted to congregate.


The Sub-Committee was satisfied that granting the premises licence was proportionate and appropriate to the promotion of the licensing objectives and in the public interest.


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