Agenda and minutes

Special Licensing Sub Committee
Friday, 18th February, 2022 10.30 am

Venue: Microsft Teams

Contact: Nazyer Choudhury, Principal Committee Co-ordinator  3321 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.


The Chair provided a summary of the procedure for the meeting.




To consider an application for a new premises licence.

Additional documents:


Ms Daliah Barret, Licensing Team Leader, informed the Sub-Committee that: 


·           This was an application for a new premises licence.

·           The application was seeking licensable activity for regulated entertainment and recorded music. This was outlined in paragraph 1.2 of the officer’s report.

·           The applicant sought late-night refreshment until 02:00 on Friday and Saturday.

·           The supply of alcohol would be from 10:00 – 01:00 Sunday to Thursday and 10: 00–02:00 on Friday and Saturday.

·           The alcohol would be for sale for consumption on the premises Sunday to Thursday 10:00–01:00 and from 10:00–02:00 Fridays and Saturdays. 

·           Representations have been received from the Licensing Authority, Police and Public Health.

·           The premises was situated on the High Road in N17 next to a Betfred.

·           The front of the premises was the area that had been requested to be licensed.

·           The middle area was shown to be a seated area and a kitchen to the rear of the property.

·           The applicant had previously applied for a licence.

·           The premises was visited on the 25 September 2021, at which time it was found to be offering alcohol for sale and on display. Patrons were on the premises consuming alcohol. The staff were asked to remove all the alcohol from public buildings and not offer or sell alcohol as the premises had not licence.

·           Officers also witnessed the premises being used for shisha smoking in an area that would not have been compliant in doing so (or have the correct planning permission to do so).

·           The premises was also subject to an inspection by the Fire Authority and the applicant was asked to undertake some works to address the concerns found. The applicant was required to undertake a fire risk assessment by an independent provider. Since the submission of this application, a serious incident had taken place at the premises which resulted in a patron being stabbed.

·           The matter was referred to in the Police representation. The applicant had subsequently discussed the various concerns raised with the Police, but the representations still stood.

·           The floor plan showed that the premises had one entrance. Halfway through the floor plan, there was an area labelled ‘lounge’. The door was only accessible via a PIN code, so it was not possible to view from the street level what was going on in the premises.

·           If the application was to be granted, then it was important that the door be kept open at all times once the premises was open to the public.



In response to questions, Ms Barret, informed the Sub-Committee that: 


·           The premises only had one way in and one way out. For patrons, due to the layout of the premises, it could probably only be limited to a capacity of 60.

·           There was also a safety concern as patrons need a clear means of escape from the premises.

·           Access to the middle room would initially be denied and access would be made available only upon continuous request.

·           The door from the kitchen to go outside was very limited.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.