Agenda and minutes

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Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.


No apologies for absence were received.


Named Substitutes (if any)

To receive any details of Members nominated to attend the meeting in place of a Member of the committee.


There were no substitutes present at the meeting.


Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interests in respect of Schedule 1, Schedule 2 or Other Interests from members of the committee in respect of items on the agenda.


There were no declarations of interest made.


Application for a grant of a premises licence in respect of The Byres, Townsend Farm, Brampton Abbotts, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7JE- Licensing Act 2003 pdf icon PDF 312 KB

To consider an application for a grant of a premises licence in respect of The Byres, Townsend Farm, Brampton Abbotts, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7JE under the Licensing Act 2003.

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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, published on the 22 September 2023.


Prior to making their decision the Council’s Principal Licensing Officer presented the report which outlined the options available to the sub-committee. One representation had been received from the responsible authorities, Environmental Health, the applicant accepted the conditions proposed by Environmental Health. Fourteen (14) relevant public representations had been received which were accepted as relevant. Two (2) representations were received from members of the public which were not accepted by the licensing authority as being relevant, therefore were rejected. Two (2) representations were withdrawn following correspondence with the applicant.


The sub-committee heard from the public representatives that:

·         Brampton Abbots and Foy Group Parish Council had objected to the application.

·         There were concerns locally that the application posed a significant and adverse impact on residential amenity and the landscape.

·         Brampton Abbotts was a tranquil, rural settlement and the application would not be in keeping with the setting and nature of the area.

·         The music proposed in the application would have an adverse impact on the local area and evidence was required that the activities proposed on the site would cause no disturbance on the local community.

·         There was a local village hall which was a suitable venue for the activities proposed in the application.

·         There was surprise that a planning application was not required for the use of buildings on site and the activities proposed.

·         There had not been adequate consultation between the applicant and those members of the local community who would be affected.

·         The Parish Council was prepared to engage with the applicant but was concerned with the impact of noise from the site. 



The sub-committee then heard from the applicant that:

·         The application promoted the licensing objectives and the conditions proposed by Environmental Health had been accepted.

·         It was intended that there would be no gatherings of more than 30 people on the site.

·         Correspondence had been sent to local objectors to the application which had resulted in two representations being withdrawn.

·         The hours sought in the application were not excessive.

·         All neighbours had been consulted and there was photographic evidence of site notices and the notice in the local newspaper.

·         A number of representations had focused on the village hall. The application would provide extra resources for the local community.

·         A number of compromises had been made to the application which fulfilled a number of the objectives in the local Neighbourhood Development Plan.

·         It was not intended that large music events would take place and conditions to control the nature of music events would be welcomed.

·         The pricing of alcohol would be set to discourage excessive drinking.



Following questioning by the subcommittee it was confirmed that:

·         The applicant had made personal contact with local objectors.

·         The type of activities that were envisaged on site were pre-booked tours of the vineyard/brewery and food and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.