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To consider an application for a grant of a premise licence in respect of The Ledberry Ltd, 36 The Homend, Ledbury. HR8 1AE under 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 14 June 2021 and the background papers.
The technical licensing officer presented the report.
The sub-committee heard from the public representations who highlighted the following:
· That since the applicant have moved in next door, their privacy had been affected which caused anxiety and stress and had affected their mental health.
· There is no barrier between the two premises.
· The CCTV was pointing at their property which had led to the curtain being drawn across a door for the last 3-4 weeks. This was totally unacceptable.
· If they made a noise, then customers would look at them.
· Builders had been present at the premises with power tools until 9.00 pm on occasion.
· Even with the windows and doors closed, noise could still be heard.
· Throughout the building project, drivers had parked inappropriately.
· The public notice had not been displayed in an inaccessible manner and had been published in the Worcester Evening News and not the Ledbury Reporter.
· It was unclear whether people would be walking around with drinks or if it would be a seated café.
The licensing technical officer stated that the principal licensing officer had confirmed that he had been happy with where the premises licence application had been displayed and that the applicant was entitled to advertise the application in any newspaper that is either delivered door to door or readily available at a shop local to the premises. It was advertised in the Worcester Evening News due to the 10 working day timescale to advertise. It was noted that the Worcester Evening News was sold in Ledbury.
The sub-committee then heard from the applicant:
· The concept of the business was that it was an experience retail shop with a café
· The premises had been vacant for three years and a lot a building work had been required.
· Unfortunately, bringing the premises into a working order had meant building work which had caused noise and there was sympathy for the public representations.
· The café garden was designed to be a nice relaxed, sophisticated venue and not a beer garden.
· The access to the garden was through the store and premises licence application had been to request a terminable hour of 2200 hrs so that there was the opportunity to hold special events.
· Due to the access to the café being through the store, there would be a need to employ someone for the store so there was no intention to open until 2200 hrs on a regular basis.
· The café would be seated table service and not a pub or beer garden.
· The CCTV was not pointing into the public representations’ premises and the applicant was happy to share screen shots to show this. It was the applicant’s understanding that it was illegal for CCTV to record outside of the demise of the premises.
· Even if the ... view the full minutes text for item 120.