The Sub-Committee considered and application
for grant of a premises licence in respect of The Royal Grammar
School (RGS) Worcester, Upper Tything,
Worcester WR1 1HP.
At the start of the hearing, the Chairman made
the following statement:-
“Presentations to this Sub-Committee are
not given under oath. However, I would like to remind all parties
that the highest standards are expected and any deviation from
these high standards could possibly influence any decision of the
All parties to the hearing introduced
themselves. RGS was represented by Mr Ian Rogers, Director of
Finance and Operations. The applicant was represented by Mr
Corrigan Lockett, Lockett and Co., Licensing Consultants.
Niall McMenamin, Senior Licensing Practitioner
on behalf of Worcestershire Regulatory Services, summarised the
matter for consideration as set out in the agenda report.
Mr Lockett for the applicant made
representations in support of the application. Currently RGS are
using Temporary Event Notices (TENS) this was felt to be a less
formal option than a Premises Licence.
Mr Lockett and Mr Rogers went on to answer
questions from Sub-Committee Members.
Toby Hardman-Dodd, Environmental Health
Officer, on behalf of Worcestershire Regulatory Services,
identified his concerns:-
No controls have been identified in the prevention of Public
Nuisance part of the application.
The all inclusive application included live/recorded music indoors
and outdoors until midnight during the week and 0100 weekends was
considered to present a high potential to cause a nuisance to local
residents. Confirmation of some limits on what is actually intended
may help alleviate these concerns.
A limit on the total number of events to be undertaken each year
would also be useful to reassure local residents.
Mr Rogers assured Mr Hardman-Dodd that they
would be willing to discuss a time limit and gave assurances that
they had no intention to upset their neighbours.
The following legal advice was given to The
Sub-Committee in the presence of all the parties prior to the
Sub-Committee making a decision:-
That the Licensing Objectives must be the paramount
That the Sub-Committee may only have regard to the
representations which promote the four licensing
The Sub-Committee must consider only those matters
directly relevant to the premises under consideration and only
those matters that fall under the licensing committee’s
If having granted the premises licence and problems
do occur then the licence can be brought back before a
Sub-Committee to seek a review of the decision.
An appeal to the
Magistrates’ Court against the Sub-Committee’s decision
must be lodged within 21 days.
Ms Brown, Solicitor suggested that a short
adjournment could take place parties to discuss a reduction in
Following a short adjournment the meeting
Having had regard
licensing objectives set out on the Licensing Act 2003.
Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy.
guidance issued under section 182 of the Act.
Report presented by the Senior Technical Officer, Licensing,
Worcestershire Regulatory Services.
application and oral representations made at the Hearing by Mr
Corrigan Lockett, Lockett and Co and Mr ...
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