The Sub-Committee considered an application for a premises
licence in respect of Unit 1B Abbotsbury Court, St Peter’s
Drive, Worcester WR5 3TA.
At the start of the meeting, the Chair made the following
“Presentations to the 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 at the hearing were introduced. The applicant,
Mr Connor McDiarmid confirmed he was aware of his right to have
legal representation at the meeting but had chosen not to. He was
accompanied by his mother, Susan McDiarmid, a shareholder in the
business. Mr McDiarmid confirmed he was satisfied with the proposed
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 24 May 2021 from Ale Hub Ltd.
The applicant applied for the following licensable
Sale of Alcohol
The designated premises supervisor identified in the
application was Mr Connor McDiarmid.
Responsible authorities had been
consulted regarding the application. No objections were received.
Two representations were received from other persons. The
representations made mention of concerns linked to the licensing
objective of prevention of public nuisance and crime and
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
this application with a view to the
promotion of the licensing objectives
prevention of crime and disorder;
prevention of public nuisance;
protection of children from harm.
All parties were offered the opportunity to ask questions
of the Senior Practitioner – Licensing.
Mr McDiarmid explained that he already had Micro-pub
premises in Solihull and Shirley, and hoped to run a similar
business in Worcester. His existing premises were mostly frequented
by the over 35 market. Mr McDiarmid stated that he enjoyed a good
relationship with surrounding businesses and residents in Solihull
Mr McDiarmid circulated still images from his existing
premises to the Sub-Committee and explained that if the licence was
granted, the Worcester premises would have a similar lay out and
ambience. There would be no television or fruit machines on the
premises. The drink offer would be 4 different ales, 2 craft beers,
cider and one lager.
Mr McDiarmid further explained that the St Peter’s
location had been chosen because there were no existing pubs close
by other than those which were mostly focused on a food
Mr McDiarmid was committed to being a responsible licence
holder. Under 18’s would not be admitted to the premises
after 6pm, and CCTV would be installed. Signs would be placed
outside the premises asking ...
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