Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Licensing Sub Committee (ceased to operate 10/04/2017) Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 28th April, 2015
Time:
10.00am
Place:
Council Chamber, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Councillor Paul Kirton (Chair), Councillor Eileen Johnson, Councillor Bill Woodhead
Officers:
Mr Snowdon, Miss P Edwards(PH), Mr J Nertney(LD)
In Attendance:
Mr Crake(Applicant)
Item Description Decision
Public
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66/14
APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR
RESOLVED that Councillor Kirton be appointed as Chairman for this meeting only.
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EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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LICENSING ACT 2003
APPLICATION FOR GRANT OF A PREMISE LICENCE
THE WASPS NEST, CALVERTS SQUARE, STOCKTON ON TEES

RESOLVED that the Application for Grant of a Premise Licence be granted with conditions as agreed with Cleveland Police and Environmental Health.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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67/14
The evacuation procedure was noted.
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There were no declarations of interest.
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Members were required to determine what action to take in relation to an application for grant of premise license under the Licensing Act 2003 to which there had been representations made from interested parties.

An application for grant of premise licence had been received from Mr Shaun Thomas Crake in relation to The Wasps Nest, 1 Calverts Square, Stockton on Tees.

The applicant had applied for a licence for the following:

Supply of Alcohol On and Off the premises, Live Music and Recorded Music

• Supply of alcohol on and off the premises -

Mon - Thurs from 11:00 to 23:00 hours
Fri - Sat from 11:00 to 00:00 hours
Sun from 12:00 to 23:00 hours

• Live and recorded music (indoors) -

Mon - Thurs from 11:00 to 23:00 hours
Fri - Sat from 11:00 to 00:00 hours
Sun from 12:00 to 23:00 hours

• Hours premises are open to the public -

Mon - Thurs from 11:00 to 23:30 hours
Fri - Sat from 11:00 to 00:30 hours
Sun from 12:00 to 23:30 hours

Representations had been received from five interested parties who each lived or would be living close to the premise. The interested parties were not in attendance however the Committee had regard to the written representations that they made in relation to the application.

It was noted that Environmental Health had made a representation but this had been withdrawn after the Applicant had agreed to amend his application by agreeing to conditions being placed on the licence if granted.

Mr Crake the Applicant stated that the premise would be a micropub serving real ales and premium drinks with a maximum capacity of approximately 70 persons. Mr Crake stated that he currently operated a premise called Sherlocks in Middlesbrough and he intended to create the same ambience and customer base in the Wasps Nest. Mr Crake confirmed that the external area would be for customers and would always be clear by 23:00 hours. Any music played would be occasional and inside the premise. Mr Crake confirmed that he had agreed conditions with Cleveland Police and Environmental Health.

The Committee were mindful that any evidence to persuade the Committee to refuse or vary the application had to be linked to the licensing objectives. The Committee were mindful that this was a new application and as such there was no previous history linked to the premise. However it was noted that the applicant does have many years experience of running licensed premises. There is no evidence to suggest that the applicant will undermine the licensing objectives if the application is granted. The Committee noted that the views expressed by the persons who had lodged a representation objecting to the application were not supported by any corroborative evidence. The objectors concerns were therefore based on their perception of what may happen as opposed to having any evidence that the premise would or has caused issues which undermine the licensing objectives. Both Cleveland Police and Environmental Health were satisfied with the application after the applicant had agreed to a number of conditions being placed on the licence if the application is granted.

The Committee noted that the use of the external first floor area had being granted planning permission with a terminal hour of 00:00 hours. The Committee were mindful that the external area marked on the plan did have the potential to cause public nuisance if customers were using it late on an evening. However it was noted that the applicant had agreed to conditions whereby he would implement periodic noise monitoring assessments at the premise in order to minimise any nuisance or disruption. The Committee noted that if the applicant was not able to manage the external area then there was the possibility of a responsible authority or a resident making an application for a review of the premises licence.

After giving consideration to all of the evidence and representations made both in writing and orally the Committee were satisfied that on the evidence available to them the licensing objectives would not be undermined and the application for the premises licence was granted with the conditions as agreed with Cleveland Police and Environmental Health.

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