Agenda and minutes
Licensing Committee - Monday, 13th November, 2023 10.00 am
Venue: Council Antechamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension. View directions
Contact: Callum Jones
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 23 October 2023.
To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 23 October 2023 as a correct record.
The report of the Director of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is now enclosed.
The Committee considered the report of the Director of Planning, Building Control and Licensing, which presented proposed revisions of the Statement of Licensing Policy under the Licensing Act 2003. This followed consideration of the matter at the previous Licensing Committee on 23 October 2023 and at Licensing Policy Committee on 31 October 2023.
On 10 March 2023, the Licensing Policy Committee received a report presenting the draft revised Statement of Licensing Policy and requested officers to consult upon it. Officers consulted with statutory consultees and arranged for an 8-week public consultation which took place from 31 May to 26 July.
On 23 October 2023, the Licensing Committee received a report presenting the findings of the public consultation and the changes proposed as a result. On 31 October 2023, the Licensing Policy Committee considered the recommendation of the Licensing Committee and referred the matter back to this Committee.
The draft policy is updated to include the proposed area plans and copies of
these are provided at Appendix 1. Subject to any further required amendments and subsequent approval of the Licensing Policy Committee at the scheduled meeting on 20 November 2023, it was intended to present the policy to the Council on 29 November 2023 to approve the publication of this policy.
It was noted that all areas could be kept under review and this policy would not rule out special policies for areas that do not currently have one.
The Committee were provided with two options; Option 1 was to retain Section 6 with the addition of the area boundary maps for Fallowfield and Withington Special Policies, and Option 2 revised Section 6 to remove any ‘Special Policy’ and to put the revised policy back out to public consultation.
The Chair invited the Committee to comment on the proposed Licensing Policy.
A member queried how many responses had been received to the public consultation from Fallowfield and Withington. 41 responses were received in total, but the Principal Licensing Officer was unsure how many were received from each area. They believed that over 80% were from Fallowfield and Withington, with the rest from City Centre residents.
A member queried why any area should have a special policy when others do not, noting their belief that all areas experience problems. It was stated that area profiles were based on clusters of Licensed Premises. It was recognised that all areas do have challenges but that some are more significant than others. A continued analysis of data would allow the Licensing Unit to continuously review the policy.
A member asked how an area that had not yet been developed had a special policy and if the names of special policies could be more specific to the area they are for. It was noted that this was due to experience of similar areas and members can raise issues for other areas. The policy could be reviewed at any point if appropriate to do so. The Principal Licensing Officer was supportive of more specific titles for special ... view the full minutes text for item 5.