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
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
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
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 ...
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