Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub Committee Hearing Panel - Friday, 28th April, 2023 10.00 am

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

Contact: Ian Smith 

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Summary Review of a Premises Licence - Vision, Arch 58, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5WW pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Now contains additional information submitted by GMP.

Additional documents:


The Hearing Panel considered a report of the Head of Planning, Building Control and Licensing. In addition to that report, the Hearing Panel also considered the written papers that the parties submitted and the oral representations of the parties who attended as well as the relevant legislation, namely Section 53B of the Licensing Act 2003, Section 182 guidance, and the Summary Review guidance.

GMP addressed the Hearing Panel, noting this was a full review following the Interim Steps hearing held on Wednesday 5 April 2023. An application was lodged for a Summary Review of the Premises Licence due to an incident that occurred on Sunday 2 April 2023. Since then, a potential offender had been identified by GMP. At the Interim Steps hearing, GMP had requested a suspension of the licence pending a full review. The panel on that date put in place an amended condition, rather than suspending the licence. The condition amended was Condition 10, Annex 2, which then read as follows:

10.       Every customer entering or re-entering the premises will be searched with a metal detector wand by an SIA registered door supervisor and this is to be carried out in full view of recordable CCTV camera(s). Any person in possession of a weapon will be refused entry and the police will be called. Any person refusing to be searched or not passing a search will be refused entry. Notices stating that every customer will be searched with a metal detector wand will be displayed prominently at the entrance to the premises.

GMP had since visited the premises and were satisfied that the condition was being met. There had been no further incidents of crime and disorder at the Premises. GMP were satisfied that the condition was sufficient and proportionate.

The agent of the DPS and PLH accepted that this was a regrettable incident but noted the proactiveness of the premises on the night. They noted that the premises had worked with GMP by providing CCTV as requested, they had provided first aid on the night of the incident to the victim and had called GMP in a timely manner to report it. Prior to this incident, there had been no previous issues. The premises previously operated a random search policy but the agent noted they had complied with the strengthened condition, as written above. No weapons had been detected since the amended condition had been in place. Signage had been displayed at the premises to make customers aware that searches will take place. The agent felt that the DPS and PLH could uphold the Licensing Objectives and they were accepting of imposing the amended condition as a new, permanent condition on their licence.

The panel asked if the premises had considered the use of a ‘knife arch’ for searches. The agent stated there had been a discussion about this, but the visuals of such a device can be a deterrent to customers. The agent felt that the use of wands was proportionate to the risk  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.