The Chairman summarised the procedure for the Sub-Committee hearing. All those present were introduced or introduced themselves. The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer presented his report covering a new premises licence application under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003.
The Sub-Committee was advised that on 13 December 2020, Integrated Event Management Ltd submitted an application for a new limited time premises licence for a venue in fields adjacent to Hillside Farm, Hillside Lane, Great Amwell, in order to accommodate a festival, Stone Valley Festival South (SVFS). The application was for a number of licensable activities including the supply of alcohol for consumption on and off the premises, late night refreshment and regulated entertainment. It was proposed that the event would take place on one weekend between 24 May and 17 September 2021, with the sale of alcohol and regulated entertainment between 11:00 – 23:00. It was proposed that late night refreshment would be provided between 23:00 – 01:00.
Members were advised that the applicant had proposed a number of steps that could be taken to promote the four licensing objectives, including, but not limited to, the production of a comprehensive management plan, a risk assessment exercise and the employment of Security Industry Authority (SIA) licenced security team equipped with body-worn CCTV cameras.
Members were also advised that the applicant had agreed with Environmental Health to limit noise levels, facilitated by ongoing noise monitoring. He would also produce a comprehensive noise management plan, as well as a COVID-19 risk assessment six weeks before the event. The applicant had also agreed to supply an Event Management Plan to Police three months prior to the event.
The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer said that the report covered the East Herts statement of licensing policy and the revised guidance under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003. The Sub-Committee should determine the application with a view to promoting the four licensing objectives and Members must consider if the applicant had evidenced whether the application would not undermine the licensing objectives and this should be balanced against the evidence given by interested parties.
The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer said that three representations from interested parties had been received, which raised concerns regarding noise, traffic, waste and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These representations engaged the prevention of public nuisance and public safety licensing objectives.
He also said that if the Sub-Committee believed that the licensing objectives would not be undermined then the application should be granted. Members were advised that if they believed that the application would not promote the four licensing objectives, they should take appropriate and proportionate action to address these concerns. The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer said that the Sub-Committee could attach conditions, limit the hours or restrict licensable activities. The application should only be refused as a last resort and the Members’ decision should be evidence based, justified, appropriate and proportionate.
Councillor Wilson asked the Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer to respond to the suggestion made in the ... view the full minutes text for item 31