Agenda and draft minutes

Special Licensing Sub Committee
Monday, 20th September, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Remote Meeting - MS Teams

Contact: Philip Slawther, Principal Committee Co-ordinator  2957 Email:

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To receive any apologies for absence.


There were no apologies for absence.



It being a special meeting of the Sub Committee, under Part Four, Section B, Paragraph 17, of the Council’s Constitution, no other business shall be considered at the meeting.


It was noted that, it being a special meeting of the Sub-Committee, under Part Four, Section B, Paragraph 17 of the Council’s Constitution, no other business would be considered at the meeting.




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The Chair will explain the procedure that the Committee will follow for the hearing considered under the Licensing Act 2003.





To consider an application for a new premises licence.

Additional documents:


Due to the number of representations made and the number of residents present for the meeting, the Chair suggested that the residents may want to nominate a lead spokesperson. David Houlton nominated Cllr Ross to speak on the residents’ behalf.


Daliah Barrett, Licensing Officer, introduced a report which detailed the application and accompanying submissions for a premises licence at the Venue N10 at 272 Muswell Hill, as set out in the agenda pack. The Committee was advised that the Police had withdrawn their submission.  It was subsequently clarified that the withdrawal followed the evidence submitted by the applicant as set out in the addendum pack and the subsequent acceptance by the applicant of all of the police’s proposed conditions to the licence.

The Committee questioned where the capacity figures put forward by the applicant of 130 had come from as it did not seem to be evidenced and whether this had been the capacity of the previous wine bar at this location.  In response the Committee was advised that the fire safety assessment at section 5, set out that the capacity of the venue should be 100, made up of 70 patrons and up to 30 staff. This was as per the recommendation of the Building Control Officer.

In response to a question around the applicant’s suggestion that the venue would be limited to private events and whether this was a recognised distinction, officers advised that the Licensing Act covered licensable activity and that there was no legal distinction as such. A Premises Licence was required for any venue that offered licensable activity whether that was a private event or otherwise.

The Lead Licencing Officer clarified that paragraph 2.3 of the report was a typographical error and that it should read that no further applicants to planning had been made to allow it to operate on Sunday.

The applicant’s solicitor, Mr Winston Brown commented that it was a shame that Building Control had not provided a response to the fire safety risk assessment that the applicant had commissioned in response to the original objections submitted by Building Control. The fire safety risk assessment was carried out by Capital Fire Safety Ltd. and it was included in the addendum report pack. The applicant had gone to the trouble of providing a detailed report and the solicitor expressed his concerns that if the Committee was to make an adverse decision towards his client’s application, which were based on the original Building Control report, then Building Control as a responsible authority should have either provided a further update or else be present at the meeting.

Noshaba Shah, Licensing Officer introduced the Licensing Authority submission to the Committee. It was noted that the business was previously operating under the name of the Socialite Bar and that this premises had its licence revoked following a review application in 2017, due to crime and disorder including a high profile shooting incident taking place outside the premises. The Committee was advised that although the current premises licence  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.