The applicant reported that Nisa had 2500 retail stores nationally. They had forty years experience in the retail trade. All staff were uniformed and professional. This was not an independent store. Historical issues regarding the premises had been discussed with the police and conditions agreed. The police had suggested that because of the previous history, security be onsite for six months to give confidence to the community. The company were willing to invest in this and considered it would be an asset for the area.
In response to questions the applicant reported that he had researched the area and understood the previous problems. This would be their third premises. They had been vetted by Nisa and had met their standards. This was their first application for this premises. The area was in need of a local shop. In their other premises, alcohol was 40% of revenue and was an important factor in the business. Other shops were in Suffolk and Sussex although they had previously traded in Stoke Newington so had London experience. They felt that the uniforms and professional environment would deter trouble. It was noted that the licensee was currently away on holiday. It was noted that there would be a personal licence holder on site at all times and not the premises supervisor as stated in the operating schedule. Due to concerns from the police about street drinking, licensing hours were amended to start from 9am and high strength alcohol would not be sold.
In summary, the applicant stated that they would be in regular contact with the police and Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
a) That the application for a new premises licence in respect of 89-91 Holland Walk, N19 3XU be granted to permit the supply of alcohol for consumption off the premises from 10:00 hours to 23:00 hours Monday to Saturday and from 10:00 to 22:30 on Sunday.
Opening hours of the premises to be from 07:00 to 23:00 hours Monday to Saturday and from 07:00 to 22:30 on Sunday.
b) Conditions as detailed on page 61 and 62 of the agenda, with the following amendment, shall be applied to the licence.
Condition 1 to read. A personal licence holder shall be on site at all times during the hours permitted for the sale of alcohol.
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 national guidance and the Council’s Licensing Policy.
The Sub-Committee noted that the applicant has previous experience of operating licensed premises both in and outside London. Staff in this store would be uniformed and professional. The applicant had discussed the history of the premises with the police and agreed appropriate conditions in response to their concerns. These included a CCTV condition and a limit on high strength alcohol. The applicant had discussed security with the police and agreed to follow the police recommendation to have trained security personnel in the premises for the first six months of operation. The applicant confirmed that he wanted the store to be an asset to the community. The Sub-Committee noted that in order to obtain a Nisa franchise the applicant was vetted by Nisa itself and Nisa carry out random checks by their area manager and mystery customers. The applicant confirmed that alcohol sales were an important part of the business.
The Sub-Committee noted that the applicant had amended the hours to start trading at 9am but considered that due to the previous history of the premises and concerns regarding street drinking and underage drinking, that the starting hour for licensable activities should commence at 10am.
The Sub-Committee was satisfied that, with the conditions, including the amended condition and the later hour for trading, the licensing objectives would be promoted.