Agenda item

Application for a new premises licence: Sunset Cinemas, Sworders Field, The Causeway, Bishop's Stortford, Herts


The Chairman outlined the procedure to be followed.  All those present were introduced.  The Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer summarised the application that was received by the Licensing Authority on 5 July 2019.  He explained that the Council had just received a Noise Management Plan and that one representation had been received. 


The applicant (Ms Collyer) provided a summary of the application and outlined her experience of arranging outdoor cinema events.  The applicant explained that there would be a children’s show of “Frozen” in the afternoon and a later one at 8 pm for adults.  She recognised the objector’s concerns but did not envisage a problem with the alleged noise levels.  The applicant outlined dispersal arrangements onto The Causeway and that she would be using stewards to ensure that patrons left quietly. 


A resident explained how close the venue was in relation to his home and said that his life had been disturbed by all the events being held in Sworders Field and the impact this had on his family.  He expressed concerns about patrons taking alcohol into the event and of possible nuisance as a result.  It was explained that the Police as a responsible authority had asked for a condition limiting what alcohol could be taken into the event.  The applicant explained that next year, she would only plan one event instead of three if Members were minded to limit the number per year.


The applicant provided a summary of her final submissions to the Sub-Committee.  At the conclusion of the closing submissions, the Sub Committee, Local Authority’s Legal Adviser and the Democratic Services Officer withdrew to allow Members to consider the evidence.


Following this, Members, the Local Authority’s Legal Adviser and the Democratic Services Officer returned and the Chairman announced that the Sub Committee had listened to the comments of Officers, the applicant and the objector and had read all relevant representations.  Having considered the views of all the parties, the decision of the Sub Committee was to grant the premises licence as applied for.


RESOLVED – that the application for a premises licence be granted.



1.          Whilst the Sub-Committee had sympathy with the concerns put forward by the resident, it was also mindful of the fact that many of the events referenced by him were completely separate events which were not subject to this application.

2.          The Sub-Committee was also mindful that, at 3 events a year between June and September, the frequency was relatively low and did not pose a risk to the promotion of the four licensing objectives.


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