Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee (2) - Thursday 17th September, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: This will be a virtual meeting

Contact: Kisi Smith-Charlemagne, Senior Committee and Governance Officer  Email: Tel: 07817054613


No. Item



To report any changes to the membership.


1.1      There were no changes to the membership.


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 139 KB

To receive declarations by Members and Officers of the existence and nature of any pecuniary interests or any other significant interest in matters on this agenda.


2.1      There were no declarations of interest.


Baker and Spice 54-56 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9PB pdf icon PDF 4 MB



Ward /

Cumulative Impact Area

Site Name and Address


Licensing Reference Number


Knightsbridge And Belgravia/ Not in a cumulative impact area

Baker and Spice 54-56 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9PB

New Premises Licence




Additional documents:




Thursday 17th September 2020


Membership:           Councillor Tim Mitchell (Chair), Councillor Margot Bright and Councillor Maggie Carman



Officer Support:       Legal Advisor:         Horatio Chance

                                Policy Officer:          Aaron Hardy

                                Committee Officer:  Tristan Fieldsend

                                Presenting Officer:  Jessica Donovan



Application for a New Premises Licence 20/06415/LIPN

Full Decision




Baker and Spice

54-56 Elizabeth Street







Baker and Spice (London) Limited

Represented by Mide Ann Harkin (Arms Management Company)



Cumulative Impact Area?


Not in a Cumulative Impact Area





Knightsbridge and Belgravia



Summary of Application


The Premises intended to operate as a local café/deli serving coffee all day, homemade cakes and a full range of deli items with a dine in menu offering brunch and light mains. The only licensable activity sought was for the Sale by Retail of Alcohol On and Off the Premises within core hours.







Proposed Activities and Hours



Retail Sale of Alcohol [On and Off Sales]


Monday to Sunday 10.00 to 21.00



Hours premises are open to the public


Monday to Sunday 07.30 to 21.00



Representations Received


·       Metropolitan Police (PC Dave Morgan) – Now withdrawn

·       Environmental Health (“EH”) (Maxwell Koduah)

·       Licensing Authority (Angela Seaward)

·       Eight local residents objecting to the application



Summary of issues raised by objectors


·       The application as presented would have the likely effect of causing an increase in Public Nuisance and may affect Public Safety within the area.


·       The surrounding area already experienced noise and disruption from the many licensed premises in the vicinity and the granting of this application would only exacerbate the current issues arising.



Policy Position


Under policy HRS1 applications for hours within the Council’s core hours policy would generally be granted, subject to not being contrary to other policies in the Statement of Licensing Policy.





Having considered all the submissions made by all parties, the Licensing Sub-Committee decided to grant the application subject to additional conditions and an amendment to the hours requested.


The Sub-Committee heard a description of the proposal from Ms Harkin. The Sub-Committee was advised that the Premises would be an independent coffee shop that was seeking to become an integral part of the local community. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic the business was facing significant financial challenges due to reduced footfall and a reduced capacity to ensure social distancing guidelines were adhered to. Permitting the sale by retail of alcohol would provide the Premises with an alternative revenue stream during these challenging times which was the rationale for submitting the application. It was stated that the operator was very experienced in running cafes located in residential areas and had done this without any issues arising. It was acknowledged that one of the key themes to the objections received was the terminal hour of 21:00 hours for the sale of alcohol. Ms Harkin explained this hour was being applied for to afford the operator some degree of flexibility, but due to the current circumstances with Covid-19 the Premises would more than likely close by approximately 18:00 Sunday to Friday and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.