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Agenda and draft minutes

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No. Item



To appoint a Chairman for the meeting.


The Licensing Panel considered the appointment of a Chairman for the meeting.


Resolved: That Councillor Hunter be appointed Chairman for the meeting.



Members are asked to declare any interests in the items under consideration and in doing so state:-


(1) the type of interest concerned


(2) the nature of the interest concerned; and


(3) whether they have or have not sat on a Planning Committee which has previously considered a planning application in respect of a licensed premises which is also subject to consideration for a premises licence as part of the agenda for this meeting.


If any Member requires advice on declarations of interests, they are advised to contact the Head of Democratic Governance in advance of the meeting.


(Members are asked to also pay particular attention to the guidance sheet on interests supplied with the agenda).


There were no declarations of interest on this occasion.



The Chairman of the Panel will summarise the procedure and announce the equal maximum amount of time for each party to speak for the hearing.


A.         Items 1 and 4 (b) will be undertaken in private session by the Panel and not in the Meeting Room.

B.         Items 2, 3, 4(a) and 4(c) will be recommended to the Panel to be held in public.

C.         The Panel may decide to exclude the public from all or part of a hearing where it considers that the public interest in so doing outweighs the public interest in the hearing, or that part of the hearing, taking place in public. (This includes a party and any person assisting or representing a party)


The Chairman explained the procedure for the meeting, including the order in which the applicant and representations would be heard and that the decision of the Panel would be communicated to the relevant parties within five working days.



To consider an application in respect of a new Premises Licence in respect of Nova International, 156 Central Drive


A. Application and representations submitted. To consider the attached report.

B. Determination of the application for a new Premises Licence – Nova International


The Licensing Panel will indicate how the decision is to be communicated to interested parties.


Additional documents:


The Licensing Panel considered an application from Mr Gheorghe Camarasan for a new premises licence to permit the sale of alcohol at Nova International Supermarket, 156 Central Drive, Blackpool, FY1 5EA. Representations had been received from the Licensing Authority, Lancashire Constabulary and the Child Protection Licensing Officer.


Mr Camarasan, assisted by his friend Mr Ayaz, appeared before the Panel and explained that the licence would allow for the sale of alcohol to accompany the international foods currently sold within the store. The age of customers would be verified by the presentation of valid identification documents and Mr Camarasan would implement ‘Challenge 25’.


In response to questions from the Licensing Panel Mr Camarasan confirmed that the alcohol to be sold would be international in origin for the most part but would not be specialist or exceptional. 


In response to questions from the other representatives, Mr Camarasan confirmed that he had received help when writing the Challenge 25 information and that this would be his first time running a premises with an alcohol licence. The premises already sold vaping equipment and an ID policy was in place for this.


Mr Lee Petrak, Trading Standards and Licensing Manager, presented representations on behalf of the Licensing Authority. He reminded the panel that the premises was situated within Blackpool Council’s Cumulative Impact Assessment Area and that there were already a number of similar off-licensed premises in the immediate vicinity. In his opinion the application was not exceptional as it was for a general convenience store and he recommended that the Panel did not depart from the policy and refuse the application.


Lancashire Constabulary’s representations were presented by PC Guy Harrison who highlighted that the premises was within Blackpool’s Cumulative Impact Assessment Area. The applicant’s intentions were good, however the application was not exceptional in nature and was in an area with a high number of alcohol-related Police incidents.


Mrs Louise Scales, Child Protection Licensing Officer, reminded the panel that the premises fell within the Cumulative Impact Assessment Area and was not an exceptional or specialist store.


In response to questions from the Licensing Panel, Mr Ayaz, who was supporting the applicant, confirmed that he would have a large support network of people with experience of licensed premises, who would provide him with help and advice. The type of alcohol sold would be from countries such as Romania and Poland.


The Panel noted that Blackpool Council’s Licensing Policy stated that applications within the Cumulative Impact Assessment Area should be refused except in genuinely exceptional circumstances. It did not consider that the applicant had established a sufficient case for Members to consider rebutting the presumption of refusal in the Policy. The location already suffered from alcohol related disorder and anti-social behaviour in an area deemed to be saturated with similar premises.


Having considered all the evidence Members concluded that the application did not represent an exceptional case and therefore agreed not to depart from the Policy and refused the application.


Resolved: That the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.