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Steel Tank Ale House
1 The Central Precinct
The Clerk outlined the application to grant the premises licence for Steel Tank Alehouse at 1 The Central Precinct, Winchester Road, Chandler’s Ford.
The applicants were Mr. Richard Frederick Beal and Mrs. Amanda Jane Beal.
The application was to permit the retail sale of alcohol for consumption on and off the premises and provision of late night refreshment. The premises would be in the form of a micro pub which would serve a selection of local ales and other local produce.
Their application also had applied for live music, recorded music, late night refreshment and supply of alcohol on New Year’s Eve until 01.00 hours.
The Chair asked if anyone on the Panel wanted to declare any interest in the application, and everyone declined.
(NOTE: The applicant’s agent confirmed that they would like to withdraw live music as part of the application.)
Representations from the Applicants
Mr. Steven Wright, the applicant’s agent made a representation supporting the application. Mr. Richard Beal, the applicant and Mr. Adam Beal, whom would be the premises manager also made representations in support of the application. They also confirmed that they would not pursue the application for live music to be played at the premises.
Main points raised by the above:
· Alternative venue for Real Ale drinkers and an alternative to existing local Brewing Company owned pubs.
· Potential for boosting the local economy.
· Premises having access to good public transport links.
· Adam Beal’s professional capacity as a successful pub manager.
Two local residents and a local Councillor made representations which focused on following issues:
· detrimental effect which the proposed premises would have on the parking in the vicinity
· unsuitable location of the premises in close proximity of residential dwellings
· increase in noise and possible anti-social behaviour
The Panel withdraw to make their decision
The Panel withdrew from the meeting to make their decision and invited the Clerk and Legal Adviser to join them.
The following decision was read out to the hearing when the Panel reconvened:
“ Wednesday 24th May 2017
Steel Tank Alehouse – Licensing Panel Decision
All parties will receive formal written confirmation of the decision and reasons.
The panel has considered very carefully all the evidence submitted both in the formal written representations and given orally today. It has given due weight to all representations made.
It has considered the Licensing Act 2003, the Licensing objectives, the statutory guidance and the adopted statement of licensing policy. Human rights legislation has been borne in mind whilst making this decision.
It is noted that there have been no representations from any Responsible Authority and further that the Applicant made significant amendment to the operating schedule during the course of the hearing. The Panel accepted legal advice that absence of representation must be inferred as consent to grant of the licence.
In consideration of all of the above the panel has determined to grant the application subject to the additional condition / amendment of the application agreed by the applicant.
• That the application for live music on New Year’s Eve at the premises be withdrawn.
• The consumption of alcohol / open bottles or glasses shall not be permitted in outside areas of the premises after 22.00 hours on
• The sale of alcohol shall not commence before 10.00 hours every day.
The Panel heard evidence from residents relating to issues of public nuisance and crime and disorder.
The Panel accepted legal advice provided during the course of the hearing that other matters, not linked to the statutory licensing objectives, cannot be taken into consideration when determining the issues (e.g. parking / traffic / planning / commercial issues such as need / demand etc.).
Residents expressed particular relevant concern around existing anti-social behaviour and noise arising generally and in relation to migration from other existing premises.
The Panel noted that no representations had been made by any of the responsible authorities and in particular Environmental Health in relation to noise. The Panel also noted that the applicant had engaged in negotiation with the police and had proposed a number of conditions (currently in the form of the operating schedule) which the Panel endorses and notes shall be attached in due course to the licence granted.
The detail of the CCTV provision gave the Panel some reassurance in this regard as a condition attached to the licence shall ensure that the quality of recordings shall be sufficient for evidential purposes and recordings shall be retained and made available to the police / licensing authority when required. The applicant confirmed that the ongoing guidance will be sought from the police prior to the positioning of the CCTV cameras.
The Panel took into account evidence confirming that the nature of the premises will be a small and niche offer and accepted evidence from the Applicant that alcohol shall not be offered cheaply and certainly not below cost price. In any event, a mandatory condition – attached to all premises licences, prevents the sale of alcohol at below cost price plus duty. Further, it was explained that no jukebox would be provided, there would be no pool table or gambling machines etc. Recorded music would be for background music only – not at a level that would heighten voices or lead to shouting. No lagers, cocktails or drinks promotions will be sold or permitted respectively at the premises. Outside areas will be ... view the full minutes text for item 8.