Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub Committee Hearing Panel - Monday, 8th April, 2024 11.00 am

Venue: Council Antechamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension. View directions

Contact: Callum Jones 

Note: (or at the rise of the Licensing & Appeals Sub-Committee) 

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Temporary Event Notice - Didsbury Sports Ground, Ford Lane, Manchester, M20 2RU pdf icon PDF 84 KB

The report of the Director of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is now enclosed.

Additional documents:


The Hearing Panel considered a report from the Head of Planning, Building Control and Licensing concerning an application for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) for an event proposed to take place at the Didsbury Sports Ground, Ford Lane, Manchester, M20 2RU. The Hearing Panel considered the written papers of the parties submitted and the oral representations of the parties who attended, as well as the relevant legislation.


The applicant, Mr Clive Szmit Director of Didsbury Sports Ground represented himself. Also in attendance were PC Alan Isherwood (Greater Manchester Police) and Sion Roberts (Licensing and Out of Hours Compliance Team).


The Chair conducted the hearing in accordance with the agreed procedure.


The Hearing Panel heard that objections had been received from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and Manchester Council Licensing and Out of Hours Compliance Team (LOOH) to the granting of the TEN for a beer festival event to be held on over the Bank Holiday weekend of 24 to 26 May 2024.


GMP attended the hearing and advised the Hearing Panel that there were serious concerns regarding the application regarding the likelihood of disruption to nearby residents, as did LOOH. The application proposed a music event for 499 people and this was likely to amount to calls from residents to GMP. There was no mention of security on site or where stewards will be positioned. They noted that the invite requested attendees to attend on foot or by public transport but there was nothing in the policy or application regarding how parking would be managed. No noise management plan had been shared with responsible authorities either. There was mention of a taxi pick up area but it was not stated how this would be enforced. Guests would have been on-site drinking all day and this could lead to noise outbreak. Alongside this issue it was noted that toilet provision for the site was not sufficient to cater for the event. A full risk assessment should have been carried out prior to any ticket sales. Litte was also a concern for local residents. For the reasons set out in the statement above, GMP requested that the Hearing Panel serve a counter notice to this event.


Responding to questions the GMP representative stated that the event was due to move indoors in the evening, that the line up for the evening would attract a lot of people and was over a three day period and that tickets would be capped at 499 but word of mouth could spread awareness of the event and there was no mitigation in place for this.


The officer from the LOOH team advised the Hearing Panel that a risk assessment had been undertaken on the proposed TEN and similar representations were made to those submitted by GMP. It was not clear whether the TEN covered the indoor area as well as the outdoor event. It was not known how the organisers would keep track of the numbers entering the event and the maximum capacity for the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.