Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Tuesday 21 September 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Microsoft Teams

Contact: Nazyer Choudhury, Democratic Services,  020 7926 0028, Email:

No. Item


Election of Chair


    MOVED by Councillor Pauline George, SECONDED by Councillor Rezina Chowdhury


    RESOLVED: That Councillor Fred Cowell be elected Chair for the meeting.


Declaration of Pecuniary Interests

Under Standing Order 4.4, where any councillor has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (as defined in the Members’ Code of Conduct (para. 4)) in any matter to be considered at a meeting of the Council, a committee, sub-committee or joint committee, they must withdraw from the meeting room during the whole of the consideration of that matter and must not participate in any vote on that matter unless a dispensation has been obtained from the Monitoring Officer.




There were none.


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To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 20 August 2021 as a correct record of the proceedings.


RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 20 August 2021 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.



Licensing Applications for the Grant / Review of a Premises Licence pdf icon PDF 351 KB

Strategic Director of Residents Services

Contact: Bina Patel, Licensing Manager, 0207 926 4103



Impact Brixton, 17A Electric Lane, SW9 8LA (Coldharbour ward) pdf icon PDF 237 KB

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    Presentation by the Licensing Officer


    The Sub-Committee was informed that this was an application for a new premises licence. The Sub-Committee’s attention was drawn to Chapters 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 and 16 of the Statutory Guidance, and to Section 5, Policies 1, 3, 4, 8 and 16, and Appendices 1-6 and 8 of the Statement of Licensing Policy, as the ones particularly relevant to this application. The options available to the Sub-Committee were set out in paragraphs 5.10 and 5.11 of the report on page 24 of the agenda papers.


    The Licensing Officer confirmed:

    ·         This was an application submitted by Impact Brixton.

    ·         The application was seeking the sale of alcohol Monday to Sunday 17:00-23:00.

    ·         Twelve representations had been received against the application.  These were from the Licensing Authority, two local councillors, Helen Hayes MP, and eight members of the public.  The representations were based on all four licensing objectives, the prevention of public nuisance, prevention of crime and disorder, public safety and the protection of children from harm.  The representations could be found at Annex B, pages 43-80 of the agenda papers.

    ·         To address concerns raised within the representations, the applicant agreed to reduce the sale of alcohol to end at 23:00; reduce their licensable area outlined on the amended plan at Annex D (page 83 of the agenda papers); and agreed all conditions proposed by the Licensing Authority within their representations, outlined on pages 85-86 of the agenda papers.

    ·         Since drafting the report, two further Temporary Event Notices (TENs) had been applied for 24 and 29 September 2021.


    A map and photographs of the premises was circulated to Members.


    Presentation by the Applicant


    In response to questions raised by the Chair in relation to the application, Mr Gerald Vanderpuye and Mr Gareth Essein, applicants informed the Sub-Committee that:

    ·         Mr Vanderpuye had resided in Brixton for the past 25 years.

    ·         Impact Hub was started by Lambeth Council eight years ago.  As the company wished to close, Mr Vanderpuye decided to take over the management the company which offered a diverse space in London and was very valuable for the community.  As a result, Impact Brixton was created in February 2020.

    ·         The premises was considered to be the only black co-working space in Europe which created work spaces for black, diverse and female founders of businesses.

    ·         The premises primarily provided space for co-working and educational events for the community.

    ·         An event space had been created in memory of the Black Lives Matter movement and for George Floyd and was an important space for black entrepreneurs to use.

    ·         The business had previously assisted 40 young people to start their own business and continued to provide support to others.

    ·         The premises would not be used as a nightclub but rather, as a space for people to come and work together.

    ·         For some events people tended to bring their own wine and beer.  However, to monitor how much alcohol was being consumed, the decision was taken to have a licensed bar.

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