Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Friday 7 January 2022 2.00 pm

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Election of Chair


    MOVED by Councillor Rezina Chowdhury, SECONDED by Councillor Becca Thackray


    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.




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To approve and sign the minutes of the meetings held on11 November and 30 November 2021 as correct records of the proceedings.

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RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 18 November 2021 and 30 November 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 326 KB

Strategic Director of Residents Services

Contact: Bina Patel, Licensing Manager, 0207 926 4103


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Costcutter Local, 300 Streatham High Road, London SW16 6HG (St Leonards ward) pdf icon PDF 229 KB

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    Presentation by the Licensing Officer


    The Sub-Committee was informed that this was an application for a new premises license. The Sub-Committee’s attention was drawn to chapters 2, 3, 8 and 9 of the Statutory Guidance, and to Sections 1, 3, 4 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 paragraph 5.11 of the report on page 12.


    Ms Pam Riley, the Licensing Officer, confirmed:


    ·         This was an application made by Mr Nira Suresh, the licensing agent for the applicant, Mr Soosairaj Arokiasamy,

    ·         The applicant was seeking authorisation for the Sale by Retail of Alcohol, Monday to Sunday from 00:00 to 00:00 (off the premises), 7 days a week.

    ·         The applicant had confirmed that they would surrender the current licence in place at the premises if this application was successful.

    ·         A copy of the application form and the floor plan can be found on page 21 to 30 of the reports pack.

    ·         The applicant had provided an operating schedule that could be found at page 31

    ·         There were six representations received against the application, from the Licensing Authority, Public Protection, the Metropolitan Police and three residents and based on all four of the Licensing Objectives.

    ·         The representations had been made available to the applicant via his agent and can be found on pages 31 to 41 of the main reports pack.



    Presentation by the Applicant


    In response to questions from Members, the applicant, Mr Soosairaj Arokiasamy informed the Sub-Committee that:


    ·         He was applying for a 24 hour licence as he seeking to grow the business and extend the operating hours to meet his personal expenses and financial obligations. 

    ·         Although a 24 hour off-licence in a residential area was contrary to Lambeth’s Licensing Policy, he said that he would follow the regulations by training staff and refuse the sale of alcohol to ‘street drinkers’.

    ·         He would contact the previous owner to surrender the current licence in place as soon as the application was granted.

    ·         Following training for four members of staff, they would be able to identify the difference between a street drinker or residential customer.

    ·         He had ten years of experience and was able to manage aggressive patrons politely, while it was not often that they had to respectfully decline the sale.

    ·         It was not believed that seeking a 24 hour licence would contribute to the Anti-Social Behaviour already experienced in the area, related to alcohol consumption, as there was already a 24 hour off-licence close by. 

    ·         Noise nuisance was not seen to be an issue as patrons were not believed to consume alcohol outside the premises.


    Presentation by Interested Parties


    Ms Bina Patel, representing the Licensing Authority said that:


    ·         Whilst each application must be assessed on its individual merits and there is another premises in the vicinity with a 24 hour licence, this does not mean the application should be granted for these premises as doing so may aggravate existing nuisance  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4a