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Determination of an application for the grant of a premises licence to permit the sale of alcohol for consumption ON and OFF the premises at Azura Tapas & Cocktails, 11 – 12 Milton’s Yard, West Street, Axminster EX13 5FE PDF 564 KB
The meeting was a hearing under the Licensing Act 2003.
The Chair introduced the members of the Sub Committee and the Officers present.
The Sub Committee’s Legal Advisor, Giles Salter, outlined the procedure for the meeting.
The Sub Committee considered the application for the grant of a new premises licence to permit the sale of alcohol for consumption on and off the premises at Azura Tapas & Cocktails, 11 – 12 Milton’s Yard, West Street, Axminster EX13 5FE.
The applicant, present and entitled to make representations, was Ana Isabel Campos de Carvalho, supported by Benjamin Barbosa.
Also present, and entitled to make representations, were Sarah McClymont and Michael Rooks.
The Legal Advisor advised that a member of the Sub Committee had been delayed, but that the hearing could proceed with two Councillors sitting.
The Licensing Officer summarised the application and drew the following points to the Sub Committee’s attention:
· The external seating area, shown on the plan at Appendix B of the report, was included in the application for the licensable area.
· The three entrance points, designated as A, B and C, were shown on the plan at Appendix B and the photographs at Appendix C. The representations focussed on concerns regarding the access points.
· Two of the access points, A and B, were through Milton’s Yard via a lockable gate. The other access point, referred to as C, was located on the Belle Vue public right of way.
· It was not known from the application which of the access points was intended to be the main access point for customers.
· Some of the representations referred to the application for off-sales. The applicant had offered to remove off-sales from the application. The outside seating area would, therefore, be for on-sales only.
The Licensing Officer drew the Sub Committee’s attention to sections 6.1 and 6.2 of the report regarding public nuisance and representations as set out in the guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 (revised July 2023).
In response to a question from the Legal Advisor, the Licensing Officer clarified that alcohol must be consumed on the premises if the application is granted for on-sales only. Customers would not be permitted to take alcohol off the premises.
In response to questions from the Sub Committee, the following points were advised:
· The external seating area, shown to the left of the plan, could be covered and heated.
· The gate to Milton’s Yard was normally only open between 8am and 5pm when it would then be locked.
· Residents and some local businesses have a key to the gate.
The applicant made the case for the application and highlighted the following points:
· The preferred access for the premises was via the entrance at C on the plan.
· It was likely that the gate to Milton’s Yard would be closed as much as possible as the applicant did not want patrons to use this route to access the premises.
· The applicant wanted patrons to use the access via the public right of ... view the full minutes text for item 22.