Agenda and minutes

Licensing and Enforcement Sub Committee - Wednesday, 29th July, 2020 9.30 am

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Minutes of the previous meeting


The minutes of the meeting held on12 February 2020 were agreed as a true record.


Declarations of interest

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Cllr Joe Whibley declared a personal interest in minute 26 as a member of Exmouth Town Council Planning Committee.


Matters of urgency

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There were no matters of urgency.


Confidential/exempt items

To agree any items to be dealt with after the public (including the Press) have been excluded. Thereare no itemswhich officersrecommendshould be dealtwithin thisway.



There were no confidential/exempt items.


To consider an application for the grant of a premises licence to allow the sale of alcohol for consumption OFF the premises at Natural Growth Wines, Office 8, Exmouth Business Centre, Hartley Road, Exmouth, EX8 2SG


The Sub Committee gave consideration to an application for the grant of a new premises licence to allow the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises at Natural Growth Wines, Office 8, Exmouth Business Centre, 14 Hartley Road, Exmouth, EX8 2SG.


The Sub Committee carefully considered the application for the operation of a new Premises Licence with a view to deciding whether this application promotes the licensing objectives, as required by the Licensing Act 20033. We have also taken into account Government Guidance and the Council’s own licensing policy, and the Human Rights Act 1998 in making this decision


The Sub Committee considered the relevant representations that all parties had made and the written representations and other documentation put before the Sub Committee. They also considered the particular locality of the premises in a town centre and its physical relationship with residential and commercial properties in the vicinity.


The Sub Committee considered it relevant that on representations had been  received from the police in relation to the Licensing Act objectives that had been the subject of representations at the meeting. Which were – public safety, public nuisance, crime and disorder. From this we have concluded that the police do not consider that there is any significant problem associated with the proposed operation of the premises, or that there is likely to be.


The applicant engaged with Police Licensing during the application process and agreed to conditions which would be included within the Premises Licence (Appendix G in the hearing papers).


The applicant’s case was that this was a small operation contained within an office in the Exmouth Business Centre. A Premises Licence would allow retail sales to members of the public via the internet or telephone. There was a parking space for deliveries from the supplier and this was usually o a monthly basis. The applicant would be the only person loading and unloading wine from the car park space provided at the premises. The premises, situated on the first floor, were located and secured by padlock. The applicant visited the office regularly to ensure the security and temperature of the storage.



The interested parties’ case, Exmouth Town Council, was represented by Cllr Brian Bailey. On paper that it was concerned with the safe storage of wine I a residential area and additional traffic in a congested residential area. At the hearing they added that they weren’t reassured by the applicant’s representations and remained concerned about the congestion caused by deliveries and security arrangements.


The Sub Committee had carefully considered the operating schedule put forward by the applicant and the likely impact of the application. In relation to the evidence members heard regarding the history of the premises, it was considered that the establishment would be well managed and controlled and supply will be on a tightly controlled and limited basis to internet and telephone customers. WE are reassured that n members of the public will be attending the premises to purchase.



The Sub Committee did not accept that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.