Agenda Item No
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Licensing Sub-Committee: 16th December 2011
Report of the Licensing Authority
Licensing Act 2003 - Application to Vary a Premises Licence
Purpose of the Report
1. To ask Members to consider an application to vary a Premises Licence made by S.A. Brain and Company Limited in respect of the Wenvoe Arms, 18 Old Port Road, Wenvoe, CF5 6AL.
The options available to the Licensing Act 2003 Sub Committee are;
Grant the application subject to those conditions consistent with the Operating Schedule, or,
Grant the application and modify the conditions of the licence by amending, omitting or adding to them as they deem necessary, or,
Reject a part of, or the whole application.
Reasons for the Recommendations
To advise the Members of the relevant options available to them under the Licensing Act 2003 in determining this matter.
2. In November 2005 The Licensing Act 2003 introduced a new licensing regime which centres around four licensing objectives. The objectives are:
· The Prevention of Crime and Disorder
· Public Safety
· The Prevention of Public Nuisance
· The Protection of Children from Harm
3. On 1st November 2011 an application was submitted by S.A. Brain and Company Limited for the variation of a Premises Licence under The Licensing Act 2003, for the Wenvoe Arms.
Relevant Issues and Options
4. The application requests the variation of the layout and design of the premises to add an area to the beer garden. There is no alteration to the hours or permissions for licensable activities. A copy of the current Licence is attached at Appendix A to this Report.
5. A copy of the relevant parts of the application is attached at Appendix B to this Report.
6. Under The Licensing Act 2003 (Premises and Club Premises Certificates) Regulations 2005 an Interested Party or a Responsible Authority may make relevant representations at any time during the period of 28 day consultation period.
7. On 29th November 2011 representations were received from South Wales Police and the Environmental Health Department. These are attached at Appendices C and D to this Report.
8. Two representations were received from Interested Parties during the consultation period. These representations are attached at Appendix E to this Report.
9. A Premises Licence, once granted, will generally remain in force indefinitely. The circumstances in which it will not do so are when it:
· is revoked
· the applicant requests a licence for a limited period only
· is suspended
· lapses due to some incapacity on the part of the licence holder; or
· lapses on surrender.
10. Licensing Officers are not delegated the authority to grant a Premises Licence or Variation of a Premises Licence when Relevant Representations have been received and have not been satisfactorily mediated. It is therefore for Members to consider the application and the Relevant Representations.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)
11. All resources directed to the administration and enforcement of The Licensing Act 2003 functions must be recovered through the prescribed Licensing Act 2003 fees and charges.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
12. Section 35 of the Licensing Act 2003 - Determination of application to vary a Premises Licence - provides that;
This section applies where the relevant licensing authority-
receives an application, made in accordance with section 34, to vary a premises licence, and
is satisfied that the applicant has complied with any requirement imposed by virtue of subsection (5) of that section.
13. The Licensing Authority has therefore determined that the application meets the requirements of both the Licensing Act 2003 and its Guidance, and can be processed accordingly.
14. The Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committee should have regard to the Vale of Glamorgan Council's Statement of Licensing Policy, and pay particular attention to Sections 3, 9.2, 9.6, 9.7, 10.1, 10.3,12, 20.2, and Section 27.
Crime and Disorder Implications
15. Under Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 local authorities must have regard to the likely effect of the exercise of their functions on, and do all they can to prevent, crime and disorder in their area.
16. A Licensing Authority must carry out its' functions under the 2003 Act with a view to promoting the licensing objectives.
· Prevention of Crime and Disorder - The Licensing Authority is committed to reducing crime and disorder across the country. Reducing crime and the fear of crime is important to the community, especially vulnerable members of the community such as the very young and elderly.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
17. The Licensing Authority is obliged to deal with all Licensing Act 2003 applications on an impartial and equitable basis.
18. To protect the health and safety of the community by ensuring businesses meet legislative requirements, controlling infectious diseases, encouraging responsible dog ownership, controlling pests and regulating animal health and welfare. To maintain a fair and equitable trading environment.
Policy Framework and Budget
19. The proposals in this report are in accordance with the policy on Framework and Budget.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
20. The Responsible Authorities are the statutory consultees in respect of applications to vary premises licences. The statutory 28 day consultation period for this application has been completed.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
21. Housing and Public Protection.
22. The Licensing Act 2003; The Secretary of State's Guidance issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003; Regulations to the 2003 Act; Vale of Glamorgan Council's Statement of Licensing Policy.
Viv Symonds, Licensing Officer. 01446-709105
The Vale of Glamorgan Council's Licensing Authority.