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To consider an application for a grant of a premise licence in respect of JJ and Little Dots, 14 Bridge Street, Hereford. HR4 9DFunder the Licensing Act 2003.
Members of the licensing sub-committee from the council’s planning and regulatory committee considered the above application, full details of which appeared before the Members in their agenda, the supplement published on 27 September 2021 and the background papers.
The licensing technical officer presented the report and at the request of a sub committee member explained the proximity of residential premises to currently licenced premises in the area.
The sub-committee heard from the applicant’s agent who highlighted that:
The applicant stressed the family friendly focus of the business and that there was simply a desire to be able to offer alcohol alongside the existing menu.
Members of the sub-committee queried what measures would be put in place to ensure children would be protected from harm, noting the focus of the business and provision of a play area would attract families and that the licence applied for would permit sales of alcohol from 9AM.
The agent for the applicant confirmed that:
The committee carefully considered all the representations, reports and evidence before them. They have had regard to their duties under S4 of the Licensing Act and considered guidance issued under s182 of the Licensing Act 2003 and Herefordshire Council’s statement of licensing policy.
The sub committee’s decision was to grant the licence as applied for.
The licensing sub-committee had heard from the licensing technical officer, the applicant and the applicant’s agent and had carefully considered the written public representation.
The sub-committee took note of the licensing objectives, particularly the protection of children from harm and the prevention of public nuisance. The sub-committee also noted that the revised guidance issued under s182 of the Licensing Act 2003 allowed consideration of the likely impact of a license being granted, but that case law, specifically Daniel Thwaites plc v Wirral Borough Magistrates’ Court 2008, stipulated that conditions applied to a licence must be evidence based. The sub-committee found no evidence to suggest that additional conditions should be applied in this case.
The chair of the sub-committee urged the applicant to be ... view the full minutes text for item 144.