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Agenda and draft minutes

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To appoint a Chairman for the meeting.


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



That Councillor Hutton 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.



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 and 4(a) 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 application and representations would be heard and that each party would be allocated 20 minutes to present their case.




To consider an application to vary the Premises Licence for A.A. Retail Ltd, 99-101 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9BY.


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

B. Determination of the application to vary a Premises Licence – A.A. Retail Ltd, 99-101 Whitegate Drive.


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


Additional documents:


The Licensing Panel considered an application to vary Premises Licence PL1118 for A.A. Retail Ltd, 99-101 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9BY. Representations had been received from the Licensing Authority and Lancashire Constabulary.


The applicant, Mr Gunaratnam Ketheeswaran, appeared before the Panel accompanied by his representative Mr Mark Marshall. Presenting the case, Mr Marshall explained that the application was to extend the operating hours to 07.00 to midnight Monday to Sunday which would bring the store in line with other similar licensed premises in the area.


Mr Ketheeswaran had taken over the premises in 2014 at which time the licence had already been endorsed with a number of stringent conditions which had remained in place following a review of the licence under the previous operator. Mr Marshall advised the Panel that there had been no concerns raised by the Responsible Authorities since Mr Ketheeswaran had begun trading and that the applicant had invested in the refurbishment of the premises to create a high quality establishment.


Acknowledging that the premises fell within the area covered by the Cumulative Impact Assessment, Mr Marshall referred to part 4.1.7 of Blackpool Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy and considered that the application was appropriate for the local area with the proposed terminal hour of midnight being no later than other on and off licensed premises in the immediate locality.


Referring to crime figures in Talbot ward, within which the premises was located, Mr Marshall explained that statistics varied across the ward and the area in which the premises was located had much lower crime figures than areas nearer to the Promenade, despite being within the same ward boundary. Addressing the Panel directly, Mr Ketheeswaran explained that there was a low demand for alcohol early in the morning and that he had not seen any evidence of problems caused by street drinkers in the area.


Mr Marshall added that the premises was a community based store with a loyal and diverse customer base and that although alcohol sales formed a small part of the business the additional income received from a modest extension in hours would simply serve to help the applicant meet his rising operating costs whilst having no impact on the licensing objectives. He therefore considered that granting the application would not undermine those objectives and that it would be reasonable for the Panel to depart from its policy and to grant the application.


Presenting the objection on behalf of the Licensing Authority Mr Lee Petrak, Trading Standards and Licensing Manager, referred to his written objection and Blackpool Council’s Off Licence Cumulative Impact Assessment, highlighting that the premises fell within that area. Mr Petrak acknowledged the investment that the applicant had made in the premises including the installation of a high specification CCTV system. Whilst he accepted that there was no significant change sought to the trading hours, he invited the Panel to consider whether it was appropriate to depart from the policy and grant the application.


Sergeant Nat Cox presented the representation on behalf  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.