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No. Item


Appointment of a Chair



Declarations of Interest



No declarations of interest were made.



Meeting Procedure



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The Licensing Enforcement Officer presented the report and outlined the application.


In response to Members’ questions the Licensing Enforcement Officer made the following points:

      i.         Additional hours for Bank holiday and Sunday opening and closing times could be requested through the application.


Applicants presentation

The Applicant and Agent said the following:

      i.         The applicant had submitted the application individually without the benefit of legal advice and was not aware of the pre-application discussions for advice and support with officers and external agencies.

    ii.         Referenced the old Pizza Hut licence held at the property as a starting point identifying relevant points of consideration

   iii.         The Pizza Hut licence had been surrendered due to the restaurant closing down. The licence had not been revoked due to issues caused by crime or disorder or public nuisance.

  iv.         Remined the Committee that the Cumulative Impact Assessment should never be absolute.

    v.         The Statement of Licensing Policy should allow for each application to be considered on individual merit.

  vi.         Believed the application was appropriate that sat in a Cumulative Impact Area (CIA) and was similar to the previous Pizza Hut licence.

 vii.         Highlighted an amendment to the licensing hours to allow thirty minutes ‘drinking up time’ before closing which were as follows (deleted text struck through, additional text underlined):

·     Sunday to Thursday: Sale of alcohol, 1am 12.30am

·     Friday to Saturday: Sale of alcohol, 3am 2.30am

viii.         The applicant was responsible for running another licenced premises in the city.

  ix.         Believed the application gave an opportunity to provide something different in the city that was not currently on offer, a restaurant and lounge bar while enjoying live music which would complement the Latin American theme.

    x.         The live music would be played at level where customers could enjoy conversation without raising their voices, the same for the recorded music.

  xi.         Live music would finish at midnight with recorded music played afterwards.

 xii.         Reiterated the venue would not become a nightclub (there was no dance floor) or a live music venue.

xiii.         The premise allowed for 85 seats in the restaurant and all customers would be required to be sat down, there was no vertical drinking in the premise.

xiv.         Due to the limited capacity the users would be encouraged to book in advance.

xv.         Hoped to give the customers an experience that did not exist in the City; did not have to leave the premises after a meal but could stay and enjoy a drink and live music.

xvi.         The applicant had engaged the services of a security company who would supply one member of security staff, Sunday to Thursday. With two members, Friday to Saturday to recognise the extended opening times.

xvii.         With a booking system in place did not expect queues of people outside; there would be a dispense bar area for people who were waiting to be sat at tables (the option to eat in this area could be available). The venue would be table service.

xviii.         If there was a queue,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22/4/Lic