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No. Item


Election of Chairman


RESOLVED: That Councillor Griffiths be appointed Chairman.





Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.




Application for the grant of a Premises Licence pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To consider and determine an application for grant of a premises licence in respect of:


Black & White

14 The Foregate




Additional documents:


The Sub-Committee considered an application for a premises licence in respect of Black & White, 14 The Foregate, Worcester WR1 3QD.


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 at the hearing were introduced. The applicant, Mr Rebaz Tahir was represented by a Mr Patrick Burke from PMB Licensing. Mr Tahir and representative confirmed they were satisfied with the proposed procedure.


The Senior Practitioner - Licensing presented the report on behalf of Worcestershire Regulatory Services. The Senior Practitioner - Licensing explained that WRS received an application for a premises licence on 28th May 2020 from PMB Licensing on behalf of Mr Rebaz Tahir. The applicant is applying for the following licensable activities:







Indoors/ Outdoors

Supply of Alcohol for consumption on premises

Friday to Sunday










Although the initial report made reference to considering the application with regard to the Council’s cumulative impact policy, the Senior Practitioner - Licensing explained that the policy had since been reviewed and updated to focus on activity between midnight and 5am, which was not relevant in this case.


Responsible Authorities had been consulted regarding the application. No representations were received. Two representations were received from other persons, one from Councillor Lynn Denham whose ward covers the location of the applicant’s business, and one from a close neighbour of the business. The representations made mention of concerns linked to the licensing objectives of prevention of public nuisance, public safety, the prevention of crime and disorder and the protection of children from harm.


In summary, the Senior Practitioner - Licensing explained that in considering the application, the Sub-Committee should have regard to the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy under the Licensing Act 2003.  The Sub-Committee is obliged to determine the application with a view to the promotion of the licensing objectives which are:

         the prevention of crime and disorder;

         public safety;

         the prevention of public nuisance;

         the protection of children from harm.


All parties were offered the oportunity to ask questions of the Senior Practitioner – Licensing.


Mr Burke, representing Mr Tahir, explained that Mr Tahir had been at the premises for 3 years. In January this year, Mr Tahir had been granted planning consent for a change of use from a café to a café/restaurant, which would serve food in the evenings. Mr Burke confirmed that the use of the Courtyard area behind the premises for smoking had been a source of disagreement between Mr Tahir and a neighbouring floristry business. The issue had been resolved by both parties agreeing that the Courtyard area would not be used by customers.


Mr Burke further explained that the licence application was to supply alcohol solely for consumption on the premises with food.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.