Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Tuesday, 1st October, 2019 2.00 pm

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Venue: Committee Room A, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RS. View directions

Contact: Cheryl Clark  Democratic Services Officer

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Chairman's Introduction pdf icon PDF 54 KB

Announcement on procedural matters.


The Chairman opened the meeting, introduced the members of the Sub-Committee panel, the officers in attendance, and outlined the procedures for this Sub-Committee hearing.  The applicant and those persons speaking to reiterate their submitted representations were also introduced.




Apologies for Absence pdf icon PDF 5 KB

Apologies for absence as reported.


No apologies were received.


Declarations of Interest: pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To receive any declarations of interest by members in items on the agenda.  For any advice on declarations of interest, please contact the Monitoring Officer.


No declarations of interest were made by members at the meeting.


Determination of an application for a premises licence - H & J Abode - Application ref 19/02940/LAPRE pdf icon PDF 235 KB

Additional documents:


It was explained that 3 further representations had been received during an extended consultation period to 30 September 2019.  These had been published as an addendum and were also made available at the meeting.  Prior to the introduction of the report and at the discretion of the Chairman, Councillor Harris, Chairman of Goudhurst Parish Council spoke to outline elements from his written representation before having to leave the meeting to attend a prior engagement.


Mr Packham, the Licensing Officer summarised the facts, relevant representations and matters relevant to the local authority licensing policy statement and statutory guidance in relation to the application.  This information had been provided in more detail within the agenda report. 


Mrs Crysell, the applicant presented the background and details of the application, a copy of which had been attached to the agenda report.  Members of the Sub-Committee had the opportunity to ask questions and ascertained further clarification regarding the history of the premises, the daytime location of tables on the pavement to the front of the premises and the extent of the applicant’s consultation with neighbours.


Neighbours Mr Greenhill and Mr Carlton Smith also presented details of their submitted objections in person.  Again, members of the Sub-Committee had the opportunity to ask questions and obtained further clarification on matters mainly relating to disturbance from noise. 


All parties had the opportunity to sum up.  The objectors had no further matters to add. The applicant provided further details of the history and her proposed expansion of her business offering.


Members of the Sub-Committee retired to discuss the application accompanied by the Council’s legal representative and the Democratic Services Officer.


Decision: The hearing was reconvened and the Chairman read out the Sub-Committee’s decision to approve the application, including their reasons for the decision and a further recommendation.  A copy of the decision notice was provided to the applicant and subsequently forwarded to all parties.


RESOLVED – That the application be granted subject to the additional recommendation as set out in the decision notice as appended to these minutes.



1.    For full details of the matters raised during the public hearing, an audio recording is available on the relevant page of the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council website.

2.    The hearing concluded by 4pm.


Decision Notice pdf icon PDF 560 KB