Agenda item

Application to vary the premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003 at Plough & Furrow, Quebec street, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 2ES


The following persons were in attendance to speak:



Ms Joanne Cross


Applicant Witness

Mr W Bailey – Prestige Secure


Interested Parties

Mr Andy Owens (Norfolk Constabulary - Solicitor)

Inspector Abbs (Norfolk Constabulary)


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



The applicant hadsought an extension to recorded music, supply of alcohol and an extension to the hours of opening to be from 09:00 to 04:00 on a Friday and Saturday.


Members considered the additional written representations received from the Norfolk Constabulary in advance of the Committee and also considered the additional written representations provided by the applicant at the Committee, which production was agreed by the Norfolk Constabulary. The Members took time to consider these.


The applicant amended her application to withdraw the requested changes to conditions 3 and 46 and the provision of Karaoke, as well as the change to opening hours and supply of alcohol on a Wednesday, which conditions are to remain as the current licence.


Following hearing evidence from the applicant and the Norfolk Constabulary the sub-committee made the following decisions:


Recorded Music

The hours for the licensable activity of the playing of recorded music were extended as follows:

Friday and Saturday from 09:00 hrs until 03:30 hrs


Supply of alcohol

The hours for the licensable activity of the supply of alcohol were extended as follows:

Friday and Saturday from 09:00 hrs until 03:30 hrs


Hours premises are open to the public

Friday and Saturday from 09:00 hrs until 04:00 hrs


The following conditions are removed from Annex 2 as follows:

1, 7(b), 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 40, 44, 61, 75, 85, 90, 97, 98, 99, 100, 102, 108, 109, 110, 112, 120, 128, 129, 137, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150.


The following conditions in Annex 2 are amended to readas follows:


35 – The Premises Licence Holder shall agree with the Police and the Licensing Authority and will thereafter comply with the requirements of a written Door Staff Deployment Plan, a copy of which shall be attached to the premises licence. Any changes to the plan need the agreement of the Police and the Licensing Authority and in cases of dispute the definitive copy of the Door Staff Deployment Plan shall be that held by the Licensing Authority. A signed copy of the Door Staff Deployment Plan will available for inspection at the premises at all times.


45 – No person under the age of 18 years will be permitted entry to the premises or be able to remain on the premises after 18:00 on any day that regulated entertainment takes place.


83 – The dance floor shall be a restricted drinking area when in operation.


153 – The premises licence holder will be a member of the local Pub Watch scheme, when in existence, and will ensure that either the premises licence holder or his/her nominee will attend at least 50% of notified Pub Watch meetings.


All other conditions remain unchanged.



Findings of Fact

-          That the premises were reasonably well run and that the current hours were causing a disadvantage to the business.


-          That there had been incidents of disruptive behaviour in the premises as shown by the Norfolk Constabulary.


-          That there were incidents of disruptive behaviour in the surrounding area but it was unclear as to how far these involved customers of the premises.


Reason for the Decision

The Licensing Sub-Committee had regard to the National Guidelines, Breckland Councils Licensing policy and in particular the licensing objectives of Prevention of Crime and Disorder, Protection of Children, Prevention of Public Nuisance and Public Safety.


Noting the good working relationship between the Norfolk Constabulary and the applicant arising from the way the premises were run, it was felt that the hours could safely be extended for a limited period of 30 minutes without giving rise to concerns under the licensing objectives.


The Members felt those conditions removed were not necessary to support the licensing objectives as a result of being out of date or duplicated by other existing conditions.

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