Agenda and minutes

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No. Item



To receive apologies for absence. 




Urgent Business

To note whether the Chairman proposes to accept any item as urgent business, pursuant to Section 100(B)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act, 1972.




Declaration of Interest

Members are asked at this stage to declare any interests pertinent to items on this agenda.

The Members’ Code of Conduct requires that declarations include the nature of the interest and whether it is a personal or prejudicial interest.


No declarations were made.


Licensing Act 2003: Application for Variation of Premises Licence - Plough & Furrow Public House, Quebec Street, Dereham pdf icon PDF 932 KB

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The following persons were in attendance to speak in this matter:


  • Mrs. J. Cross (Applicant)
  • Mr. B. Hardie (Applicant’s Representative)
  • Mr. T. Grover (Licensing Officer, Norfolk Constabulary (Responsible Authority))
  • Sgt. G. Woodward (Responsible Authority’s Witness)
  • Sgt. M. Goodbody (Responsible Authority’s Witness)


The hearing was conducted in accordance with the procedures as set out in the agenda.




That having considered all the oral and written evidence submitted and having given consideration to the Licensing Act 2003 and its regulations, the national guidance and the Council’s licensing policy, the Sub-Committee makes the following findings of fact:


1.       The police have been called on a number of occasions in the recent past to incidents both within and in the immediate vicinity of the Plough & Furrow.

2.       There is evidence of a lack of proper management of the premises over a period of time.

3.       There was evidence of a previous lack of control by door staff employed at the premises.

4.       We note that the licence holder is now in a position to exercise greater control over the management of the premises.

5.       We also note that the licence holder has expressed a desire to maintain the improvements to the management of the premises in the future.


However, in the circumstances, we consider that the application for Variation dated 23rd October 2009 be refused.


Reason for Decision

The sub-committee needs to be satisfied that improvements promised by the applicant be maintained in promoting the licensing objective of preventing crime and disorder.

The decision was announced by the Chairman and copies of the decision notice were distributed at the close of the meeting.