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WCC LICENSING SUB-COMMITTEE NO. 2
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
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
· Metropolitan Police (PC Dave Morgan) – Now withdrawn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.
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.