Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Monday 24 January 2022 2.00 pm

Contact: Julia Skinner, Democratic Services,  020 7926 0147, Email:

No. Item


Election of Chair


    MOVED by Councillor Becca Thackray, SECONDED by Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite


    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 7 January 2022 as a correct record of the proceedings.


RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on XX XXXXX 20XX 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

(Report XX/16-17 and appendices)


Strategic Director, Neighbourhoods and Growth

Contact: Robert Gardner, Principal Licensing Officer, 020 7926 6122





Gorillas Units 198 To 199 Carlisle Lane London (Bishops Ward) pdf icon PDF 395 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 and 10 of the Statutory Guidance, and to Sections 1, 3, 4, 8 and 16 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 6 of the report on page 14.


    Mr Ola Owojori, the Licensing Officer confirmed:

    ·         This was an application for a premises licence.

    • The premises was proposing to operate as a delivery service, seeking authorisation for the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises from Monday to Sunday from 08:00 - 00:00.
    • One representation had been received against the application from a local councillor.
    • The application and floor plan could be found at pages 17 to 26 of the report pack and the representation could be found on page 27.
    • The applicant displayed a blue notice at the premises for 28 days and advertisement in the South London Press newspaper within the first 10 working days of the submission date, evidenced by photographs sent on the 14 December 2021.


    Presentation by the Applicant


    Mr Craig Baylis, agent to the applicant informed the Sub-Committee that:

    • Gorillas was an online delivery service that’s operates Monday to Sunday from 08:00 to 00:00.
    • Delivery arrived within 10 minutes of order via an app. 
    • This premises opened 13 January 2022 and had operated under Temporary Events Notices to serve alcohol, without complaint.
    • Mr Baylis had offered two additional conditions to address the objection received from Cllr Ibrahim Dogus, and these were:
      1. All delivery riders shall only use bicycles or electric powered cycles for deliveries, in order to reduce noise in their activities.
      2. The premises license holder shall ensure the frontage of the premises is kept free from litter and shall carry out a daily litter patrol to ensure this is monitored.
    • It was believed that the objections were in relation to an existing competitor, Getir, and the applicant had sent photographs to the Licensing Officer. 
    • The premises frontage had a private bay to park cycles, that was removed from the street.


    In response to questions from Members, Mr Craig Baylis confirmed:

    • In compliance with condition 22, riders were permitted to collect orders and deliver by pedal or electric bike and no motorised vehicles were used for delivery.
    • The applicant did not understand the meaning of the term ‘dark grocery’ status.
    • CCTV was monitored internally by a manager at the site.
    • This was the first premises license application for this site, but there were several Gorilla sites in Lambeth and approximately 35 in Central London.
    • Riders received training which was recorded and monitored by the designated premises supervisor (DPS), who operated the premises.
    • Gorillas served all varieties of alcohol as part of the delivery offer.
    • Riders completed one delivery at a time to minimise mistake.
    • There were no more than 13 riders on site at one  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4a