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The Committee has considered an application for the variation of a premises licence to vary the hours for late night refreshment and add non-standard timings, to remove 34 condtions from the existing licence and to replace the premises plan under the Licensing Act 2003 (“the Application”).
In summary, the Committee has decided, after taking into account all of the individual circumstances of this case and the promotion of the four licensing objectives:
1. To refuse to vary the licensable hours for the provision of late night refreshment
2. Not to approve the new premises plan. The Applicant to submit an amended plan as a minor variation application.
3. To agree to remove the following conditions from the existing licence: 9, 12-19 (inclusive) , 22, 25-27 ( inclusive) ,29-34 ( inclusive) and 41
4. To impose the conditions proposed by the Applicant in the operating schedule as amended by the Committee
5. To add a condition to the licence regarding staff being trained in Licensing Act and the conditions of the Premises Licence.
A copy of this Committee’s full decision including its reasons and the full text of the conditions added to the existing licence will be sent to the parties forthwith.
If the Applicant is unhappy with the decision, they are entitled to appeal to the magistrates’ court within 21 days from the date of notification of the full decision.