Venue: MORECAMBE TOWN HALL
Contact: Sarah Moorghen, Democratic Services - email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sub-Committee comprised of Councillor Guilding (Chair), Councillor Gardner and Councillor Hartley.
The Legal Adviser was Daniel Spencer, Solicitor.
The Democratic Support Officer was Sarah Moorghen and Phil Abel.
An application for premises licence had been made under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 by Northern Powerhouse Events Limited in respect of Leighton Hall Grounds & Gardens, Storrs Lane, Carnforth, LA5 9ST.
The hearing was held in light of a representation received from Lancashire Constabulary acting as Responsible Authority for crime prevention.
The applicant, was represented by Mr Malcolm Ireland of Harrison Drury Solicitors who was present. Kristian Torgerson of Harrison and Drury Solicitors was also present.
Lancashire Constabulary as a Responsible Authority had made relevant representations, requesting additional conditions contained within the operating schedule of the premise licence to satisfy the crime & disorder licensing objective than those originally offered by the applicant in their application. Following discussions between the Police Licensing Officer and the solicitor acting on behalf of the applicant agreement was reached to include additional conditions within the premise licence in respect of crime prevention to the satisfaction of both parties. As such no one from the Constabulary were in attendance.
The Chair explained the procedure to those present and stated that the hearing would be a discussion led by the licensing authority.
Parties present introduced themselves.
Mr David Eglin Licensing Enforcement Officer introduced the report stating that relevant representations had been received by Lancashire Constabulary, who had since negotiated further conditions with the applicant and additional agreed conditions were provided.
Mr Ireland made representations that since the Constabulary made representations there had since been negotiations with the police and two further agreed conditions have been provided and these had been attached as appendix 2 to the report. Mr Ireland confirmed that he was happy to answer any further questions from the Sub Committee.
The Sub-Committee carefully considered all the written information before it, and the representations and views expressed at the hearing by all parties.
The Sub-Committee were mindful that this was a new application. They were of the opinion that there was insufficient evidence provided to show that the licensing objectives would be undermined if the application were granted.
In light of the above, the Sub-Committee was of the opinion that it was proportionate and appropriate to grant the application as applied for, together with the additional agreed conditions attached to the report.
In accordance with Section 181 and Schedule 5 of the Licensing Act 2003, the parties have a right of appeal against this decision.
Importantly, the parties are reminded of the statutory right of responsible authorities and other persons to seek a review of a licence on the basis that the licensing objectives are not being met. This would be particularly relevant in the event of any ongoing complaints about noise.