Agenda for Licensing Sub-Committee on Wednesday 12th August 2020, 6.00 p.m.

Agenda and minutes

Virtual Skype Meeting, Licensing Sub-Committee - Wednesday 12th August 2020 6.00 p.m.

Contact: Pauline Ross 

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Election of Chairman for the meeting


RESOLVED that Councillor H. J. Jones be appointed Chairman of the Sub-Committee for the meeting.


To receive apologies for absence and notification of substitutes


An apology for absence was received from Councillor H. D. N. Rone-Clarke.  It was noted that Councillor M. Glass attended as a Member of the Sub-Committee with Councillor P. J. Whittaker in attendance as the Reserve Member.


Declarations of Interest

To invite Councillors to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Disclosable Interests they may have in items on the agenda, and to confirm the nature of those interests.


No declarations of interest were received.


Application for a Premises Licence in respect of Tranquil Bar Limited, 1 Bear Hill, Alvechurch, Worcestershire, B48 7JX pdf icon PDF 237 KB

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The Chairman welcomed everyone to the virtual meeting and introduced all parties present.


The Chairman announced that all Members of the Sub-Committee had conducted a site visit, to the site for which the application had been submitted. 


The Sub-Committee then considered an application for a Premises Licence, submitted by Ervin Sadria, in respect of Tranquil Bar, Limited, 1 Bear Hill, Alvechurch, Worcestershire, B48 7JX. 


The application was subject to a Hearing in light of 39 representations received from members of the public.  The basis of their representations was on the grounds of noise pollution, public nuisance, an increase in litter, lack of parking, no public transport, increased traffic, anti-social behaviour and concerns relating to the planning application.     


One representation in support of the application had been received.


West Mercia Police, as a Responsible Authority, had also submitted information in support of the application.  


The Technical Officer (Licensing) Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS), introduced the report and in doing so highlighted that, during the application process the applicant had agreed with West Mercia Police to reduce the hours of licensable activities and had offered an additional condition; that the outside area would close at 22:00 hours.  Members’ attention was drawn to Appendix 2, page 35 of the main agenda report, which detailed the revised hours of licensable activities being sought by the applicant, as follows: -


Sale of Alcohol

Sunday to Thursday                    11:30 to 23:00

Friday and Saturday                    11:30 to 00:00 (midnight)


Late Night Refreshment           

Friday and Saturday only             23:00 to 00:00 (midnight)


Regulated Entertainment – Live Music, Recorded Music, Anything of a similar description

Friday and Saturday only             23:00 to 00:00 (midnight)


Members were further advised that as a result of the Live Music Act 2012 and other deregulatory measures, no authorisation was required under the Licensing Act 2003 for live or recorded music between 8am and 11pm at the premises licensed for the sale of alcohol for consumption on that premises, provided that the audience did not exceed 500 people.


The Technical Officer (Licensing) WRS, further drew Members’ attention to the additional condition offered by the applicant, that the outside smoking area would be closed at 22:00 hours.  Members were reminded that smoking areas were not a licensable activity. 

The Technical Officer (Licensing) also highlighted that some of the representations received had referred to parking issues and planning concerns.  Members were reminded that these issues were not considered valid representations under the four licensing objectives.


The Chairman then invited Mr. R. Edge, Licence Leader Limited, the applicant’s representative, to put forward the case in support of the application.


Mr. Edge explained to Members that he had attempted mediation with those who had raised objections to the application.  Additionally, he had also had extensive meetings with Police Sergeant (PS) R. Field and Mr. P. Morrish, Technical Officer (Licensing), Worcestershire Regulatory Services.


Mr. Edge continued and stated that the building was currently being refurbished to an exceptionally high standard at great expense and would be in keeping with other buildings in the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4/20