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Declarations of Interests
RESOLVED that the application for a premises licence at Beachlands Convenience Store, Unit 2, 9 Seafront, Hayling Island be granted subject to the mandatory conditions and additional conditions set out in the report.
Reasons for the decision
In considering the matter before them the Sub-Committee had regard to the promotion of the licensing objectives, the Licensing Act 2003, its statement of licensing policy, the statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State, the written representations and the representations made at the meeting of the Sub Committee held on 16 June 2020.
This application had generated two objections and one supporter.
The two objectors considered that the proposal would, with reference to existing and previous areas of anti- social behaviour, encourage the consumption of alcohol to the detriment of public safety, child safety, and crime prevention. The owner of the amusement park also raised concerns about the impact this store would have on his business. Concerns were also raised that the introduction of this business in the area would exacerbate the existing parking problems in the area.
The Sub Committee when making a decision also has to be guided by the views of the Responsible Authorities. In this case the Police and Trading Standards had raised no objections subject to certain conditions. The conditions suggested by the Police and Trading Standards, which were agreed by the applicant, were appropriate and proportionate to promote the licensing objectives. The Sub Committee considered carefully whether these conditions would suffice to address the concerns raised and had concluded that they would. The Sub Committee also took into account the fact the alcohol could already be purchased from the nearby store and other stores elsewhere.
Some relevant representations received also referred to the number of other licensed premises already in the vicinity. Havant Borough Council does not have a cumulative impact policy therefore any comments regarding the number of licensed premises in an area was not a material consideration and not considered when making this decision.
The Sub Committee also considered concerns that this proposal would not provide adequate car parking provision and would therefore encourage the parking of vehicles on the public highway which would interrupt the free flow of traffic, detrimental to public safety. However, in view of the nature of the business of the shop and the width of the road, it was considered that the proposal (including a shortfall of on-site parking places) was unlikely to significantly inconvenience residents such as to warrant a refusal.
The Sub Committee was also satisfied that, in view of his past experience, the applicant was a suitable person to hold a premises licence.
In summary, the Sub-Committee was required to discharge its functions with a view to promoting the licensing objectives. In this case, the Sub-Committee had decided that it was appropriate and necessary to grant the application for a new Premises Licence.
The Applicant, Responsible Authorities and Interested Parties have the right to appeal the decision to the Magistrates’ ... view the full decision text for item 2.