Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Wednesday 9th December, 2020 10.00 am

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No. Item


Appointment of Chairman


It was moved by Councillor Goldspink and seconded by Councillor Wilson, that Councillor Jones be appointed Chairman for the meeting.  After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, the motion was declared CARRIED.


RESOLVED – that Councillor Jones be appointed Chairman for the meeting.




To receive apologies for absence.


There were no apologies.



Chairman's Announcements


The Chairman said that the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 came into force on Saturday 4 April 2020 to enable Councils to hold remote committee meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic period. This was to ensure local authorities could conduct business during this current public health emergency. This meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee was being held remotely under these regulations, via the Zoom application and was being recorded and live streamed on YouTube.


Declarations of Interest

To receive any Members’ Declarations of Interest.


There were no declarations of interest.



Application for a New Premises Licence for French and Day Ltd (20/0885/PL) pdf icon PDF 149 KB

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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 the 19 October 2020, French and Day Ltd submitted an application for a new premises licence for 55 High Street, Ware. The application was for the supply of alcohol for consumption both on and off the premises between 9:00 hours to 23:00 hours, Monday to Sunday. Members were advised that the applicant had proposed a number of steps that could be taken to promote the four licensing objectives.


Members were also advised that the applicant, in consultation with Environmental Health and Hertfordshire Constabulary, had also varied the application to include a number of extra measures, including a ‘Challenge 25’ policy and measures to limit noise transference to neighbouring properties.


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 party.


The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer 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 activity. The application should only be refused as a last resort and the Members’ decision should be evidence based, justified and appropriate.


The applicant briefly explained the nature of the business, which would be a delicatessen specialising in the sale of local produce and also serving beers, wines and spirits. It was hoped, if the license was granted, that occasional evening events would be held, such as wine tasting sessions.


The Chairman asked about the planned opening hours and how many evening events it was foreseen would be held.


The applicant said opening hours would likely be 10am – 7pm. The evening events would be a maximum of once a month, with around 15 to 20 people attending. It was foreseen that the rear sales floor would be used, and attendees would have to book in advance, with food being served.


The Chairman and Councillor Goldspink asked the applicant where the premises adjoined the neighbouring residential property.


The applicant said that the properties adjoined on the first floor, flying over Water Row. His premises comprised only of the basement and ground floor, with the first and second floors being retained by the landlord. Councillor Wilson asked whether  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.