Agenda and draft minutes

Special Licensing Sub Committee
Wednesday, 18th May, 2022 7.00 pm

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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 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.




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There were no declarations of interest.




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:


Presentation by the Licensing Officer

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

·         The applicant sought the supply of alcohol from 12:00 to 01:00.  This would be for consumption on and off the premises.

·         The premises would be open from 12:00 to 01:00.

·         The application had been altered as regulated entertainment had not been placed on the public notice and this was why it had been removed. 

·         If the licence was granted and alcohol was allowed to be sold at the premises, then the applicant would be able to offer regulated entertainment in any case between the hours of operation (between 12:00 to 01:00).

·         The applicant would allow for 30 minutes of drinking up-time, so the premises would close at 01:30.

·         An agreement had been reached between the applicant and the Licensing Authority in various areas save the proposed operating hours. 

·         A company called Dukes Head Highgate Limited was dissolved in 2019 and in such situations, the premises licence would become defunct if appropriate action was not taken. The Licensing Authority had not been informed of the situation and when it became apparent that the premises was operating without a valid licence, the applicant was asked to seek a new premises licence.

·         It was unclear when the applicant had taken over the premises.

·         The applicant would call Dr Hayden as a witness.


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

·         In relation to noise complaints in the last 18 months, there had been five in total.


The Legal advisor to the meeting stated that if a non-registered speaker spoke at the meeting, then any decision made by the Sub-Committee could be open to legal challenge.


Presentation by interested parties

Ms Noshaba Shah, Licensing Officer, informed the Sub-Committee that:

·         The applicant had agreed most terms with the Licensing Authority, with the exception of the operating hours.

·         There had been five noise complaints and there had been no noise complaints during the time the premises had operated a temporary event. None of the complaints had been investigated.

·         The applicant had sold alcohol despite not having had a valid licence and was informed of this by the licensing team on 8 March 2022.

·         Antisocial behaviour officers visited the premises on 26 March 2022 to the premises was found to still be operating. The applicant stopped selling alcohol on 26 March 2022.

·         The Licensing Authority had no issue with the selling of alcohol until 01:00 and closing the premises at 01:30, but the timing of 01:30 had not been stated on the application.


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


·         Temporary Event Notices (TENs) had been submitted for events occurring in 2022.

·         The applicant had agreed to all conditions proposed by Licensing save for the closing time.

·         The noise complaints that had been made had been submitted on 14 August 2021 for a complaint regarding noise (loud music) heard at 02:00. The complaint had been picked up at 10:33. No action had been taken or checks had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.