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Election of Chairman


RESOLVED: That Councillor Mrs L Hodgson be appointed Chairman.




Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.


Councillor Knight – is a trustee of the Hopmarket Charity, however he has no involvement with Fortis Housing who manage the flats at the Hopmarket.


Application for the Grant of a Premises Licence 9, Sansome Street, Worcester pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To consider and determine an application for grant of a premises licence respect of Hanbao, 9 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH


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The Sub-Committee considered an application for a premises licence in respect of Hanbao, 9 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH.


At the start of the meeting 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 Sub-Committee.”


All parties to the hearing introduced themselves. The applicant Mr Lam was represented by his architect Mr Carroll. Mr Lam stated he was satisfied with the proposed procedure.


Clare Flanagan, for the Legal Services Manager, summarised the matter for consideration. She explained that the matter had been referred to the Sub-Committee for determination by Worcestershire Regulatory Services because an objection had been made opposing Mr Lam’s application.


Natalie Graham, Technical Officer on behalf of Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS),  was then invited present her Report. She explained that WRS had received an application for a premises licence on 28th June 2018  from Mr Lam. The applicant has stated that he is expanding his business to include further dining areas and a rooftop terrace.


Mr Carroll, on behalf of Mr Lam explained that Hanbao was a food led restaurant with gourmet burgers and cocktails using only premium products. It has been established for a number of years and has become a ‘destination’ restaurant. He went on to explain that when planning permission was granted in December 2017 a condition relating to the placement of speakers was imposed. An independent Acoustic report had also been commissioned. Small speakers will be used, rather than large pole-mounted speakers.  ‘Audio spill’ was found to be 48db which was similar to moderate rainfall or moderate conversation. The traffic noise in Sansome Street currently is 80db. The design did not have a single point of sound, but several small speakers would be used, none if which would be pointing towards the outside of the building.


In response to Member’s questions Mr Carroll and Mr Lam confirmed that a complaints register could be held, but currently it would be an empty book as no complaints had been logged. They also confirmed that entry to the terrace was via a single door to the terrace with no other windows. CCTV was already in place and would be expanded into the new areas. Lighting would be used to create a cosy atmosphere, no disco lighting or bright lights.


The Chairman asked Mr Carroll to explain the site plans. Access to all floors would be via the Foregate Street entrance although alarmed emergency exits were in place leading to Sansome Street. When questioned about disabled access Mr Carroll explained that a ramp was available at the front entrance and although the toilets were on the first floor they were accessible for the ambulant disabled. As with many listed buildings it was difficult to provide full disabled access.


The Sub-Committee members and the Technical Officer had no further questions for the applicant  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.