Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Tuesday 12 July 2022 7.00 pm

Contact: Julia Skinner, Democratic Services,  020 7926 0147, Email: jskinner@lambeth.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Chair

    Minutes:

    Councillor Adrian Garden replaced Councillor Fred Cowell on the Sub-Committee.

     

    MOVED by Councillor Adrian Garden, SECONDED by Councillor Deepak Sardiwal

     

    RESOLVED: That Councillor Martin Tiedemann be elected Chair for this meeting.

     

2.

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.

 

 

Minutes:

There were none.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 192 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 13 June 2022 as a correct record of the proceedings.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 13 June 2022 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.

 

4.

Licensing Applications for the Grant / Review of a Premises Licence pdf icon PDF 358 KB

Strategic Director of Residents Services

Contact: Bina Patel, Licensing Manager, 0207 926 4103

Email: bpatel@lambeth.gov.uk

4a

Meze Meziz 76 Clapham High Street London SW4 7UL (Clapham Town Ward) pdf icon PDF 398 KB

4b

Wraps and Wings 34 Queenstown Road London SW8 3RX (Clapham Town Ward) pdf icon PDF 400 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    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 Sections 1, 3, 4, 8, 15 and 17 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 12 of the agenda papers.

     

    The Licensing Officer informed the Sub-Committee that:

    • This was an application for a new premises licence for Wraps and Wings, 34 Queenstown Road.
    • The applicant was seeking authorisation for late night refreshment (indoors and outdoors) from Sunday to Thursday 23:00 to 02:00 and Friday and Saturday 23:00 to 04:00.
    • The opening hours for the premises was from Sunday to Thursday 08:00 to 02:00 and Friday and Saturday 08:00 to 04:00.
    • In attendance representing the applicant was Mr Peter Consibee and applicant, Mr Vaqas Farook.
    • Five representations had been received against the application from local residents.
    • Copies of the application and representations could be found from pages 69 to 95 of the agenda.
    • Subsequent to publication of the report correspondence received from the applicant had been sent to three of the objectors that made reference to the sale of alcohol in their representations as part of the application.
    • The representation from Public Protection had been withdrawn, as they were satisfied with the conditions the applicant had agreed with the Licensing Authority.  
    • Some residents had raised issues regarding how notice of the application had been displayed at the premises.  The relevant regulation specified that notices should be displayed at the premises and the Licensing Authority was satisfied that the regulation had been complied with. 

     

    Presentation by the Applicant

     

    Mr Peter Consibee, Alcohol Licensing Consultant, informed the Sub-Committee that:

    • He had received notification from the Licensing Authority nine weeks after the consultation concluded and apologised for the lateness in responding to representations.
    • The Licensing Authority and Public Protection had withdrawn their representations as a result of the hours being reduced.
    • The applicant welcomed objections from residents as it provided an opportunity to work with residents and resolve issues.
    • The Wraps and Wings brand managed over 20 venues across London and other cities outside London.
    • The majority of venues were surrounded by residential blocks with flats above, but no complaints had been received.
    • The closing times at all premises varied and some did not have a 24-hour licence. 
    • The applicant conducted research as to whether the business and times applied for would be suitable for the area.
    • An issue arose at one of the premises in Westminster and although the issue did not concern the premises, Wraps and Wings took ownership of any area they worked in and resolved the issue. 
    • Objectors raised concerns regarding litter, but a Freedom of Information (FOI) request showed that no complaints had been received at the Council from residents.
    • Residents had made  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4b

4c

Theatro, 69-71 Westow Hill London SE19 1TX (Gipsy Hill Ward) pdf icon PDF 393 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Presentation by the Licensing Officer

     

    The Sub-Committee was informed that this was an application for a variation to the current premises licence. The Sub-Committee’s attention was drawn to Chapters 2, 3, 8, 9 and 11 of the Statutory Guidance, and to Sections 1, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 17 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 5.7 to 5.9 of the report on page 12 of the agenda papers.

     

    The Licensing Officer confirmed:

    • This was as application to vary the premises licence for Music Box Entertainment Ltd, 69-71 Westow Hill.
    • The applicant was seeking to integrate the courtyard leading out of the lower ground floor at the rear of the premises into the licence.
    • Operating hours for the courtyard was proposed were from 11:00 to 21:00, Monday to Sunday.
    • The applicant also wished to remove condition 23, which related to keeping windows closed after 21:00.
    • In attendance representing the applicant was Arron Curtis.
    • One representation had been received against the application from Public Protection, represented by Matthew Onakoya.
    • A copy of the application and representation can be found on pages 123 to 153 of the agenda papers.

     

    Presentation by the Applicant

     

    Mr Arron Curtis, representing the applicant, informed the Sub-Committee that:

    • The applicant wanted to use the courtyard for alfresco dining, especially during the summer months to ease the burden and increase offers at the premises.
    • The premises did not want to trade past 21:00 and only requested background music.
    • The original model at Theatro ceased operation in December 2021.
    • Following consultation with residents, a new model commenced in January 2022 that included a day-time community space, bar, kitchen and no live music.
    • The new model was welcomed by residents.
    • The premises featured in the ‘Sunday Times best places to visit’ as a result of people enjoying the food on the pavement.
    • Local businesses were given the opportunity to provide refreshments at the premises.
    • There was an all-day menu created by Mitchelin Chef, Martin Blunos, which well received by customers.
    • Vast investments had been made to ensure the new business model was successful.
    • Pigeons had taken residence in the courtyard which had to be cleaned every fortnight.
    • Investing in the courtyard improved the space to be used by customers.
    • It was hoped residents would also enjoy the courtyard as some did not have a garden.
    • Management had established a good relationship with residents and had a contact number for the applicant, Ms Roya Harris.
    • Venues were using more out-door spaces a result of COVID.  The applicant hoped to use the courtyard to continue to support her business.
    • Residents would not experience noise nuisance if the space was used and,  no complaints had been received.
    • Regarding condition 23, the applicant agreed to keep windows closed after 21:00, but wanted a condition for windows to remain open during daytime, similar to other venues. 
    • The applicant wanted the premises to be seen as a daytime  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4c