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Application for the grant of a new premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003 - The Old School, 18 Market Place, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7QH pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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The following persons were in attendance to speak:



Lady Melanie Shaw-Sutton


Applicant’s representative

Councillor F Sharpe


Interested Parties

Mr R Dixon

Mrs M Dixon


The hearing was conducted in accordance with the procedure as set out in the Agenda.



The Licensing Sub Committee granted the Licence with amendments as outlined below in the Reason for the Decision.


The Licensing Sub Committee noted the changes made to the proposed operating schedule:

  • The supply of alcohol for consumption off the premises has been amended to 1100 – 1700hrs Monday to Saturday, and 1100 – 1600hrs Sunday.


  • The applicant agreed with the three licensing conditions put forward by Environmental Health (one of which has been changed)


  • Access to any public event taking place outdoors after 1900 hrs shall be by pre-purchased ticket only.


  • CCTV recordings will be held for 28 days and provided to the Police and Local Authority upon request.


  • The ‘Challenge 21’ Policy is to be in force and advertised throughout the premises.


  • A minimum of one member of door staff to be available at all public functions.


The Licensing Sub Committee imposed the following conditions:     


  • An incident book recording refused sales of alcohol will be completed in writing and available for inspection by local authority and Police Officers upon request.


  • Notices will be placed informing the public that Challenge 21 is in effect.


  • Amendment to the Environmental Health 3rd bullet point – Regular surveys at least twice an evening at the closest noise sensitive point on the perimeter of the premises will be carried out whilst any public entertainment is taking place to ensure noise levels are not at a level which would cause disturbance to nearby residents.  The checks are to be made by the designated premises supervisor (or persons authorised on their behalf) to ensure this condition is complied with.  The checks and the persons making the checks will be recorded in writing and available for inspection by the Local Authority and the Police.


  • Regarding the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises the finish time will be 30minutes prior to the closure of the premises to the public, including the non-standard timings.  This is to support the crime and disorder objective by enabling drinking up time.


Reason for the Decision

The Licensing Sub-Committee had taken into account the fact that the Norfolk Constabulary had not objected to the application, nor suggested conditions.  The Committee gives a great deal of weight to their views.


In addition the Environmental Health Department were happy for the application to proceed with the three additional conditions (one of which has been changed) which had been agreed by the applicant.


The Committee had taken account the intentions of the applicant in the running of the business and the intended limited frequency of events.


Noise was clearly a concern, and therefore the Committee have reduced the hours for the sale of alcohol on site so as to enable a period of drinking up time to try to ensure there were  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.