Agenda for Licensing Sub-Committee (6) on Tuesday 26th February, 2019, 10.00 am | Westminster City Council
Agenda and draft minutes

Agenda for Licensing Sub-Committee (6) on Tuesday 26th February, 2019, 10.00 am

Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Rooms 18.1, 8.2, and 18.3, 18th Floor, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP

Contact: Kisi Smith-Charlemagne, Senior Committee and Governance Officer  Email:  kscharlemagne@westminster.gov.uk Tel: 020 7641 2783

Items
No. Item

1.

Membership

To report any changes to the membership.

Minutes:

1.1       There were no changes to the membership.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members and Officers of any personal or prejudicial interests in matters on this agenda.

Minutes:

2.1       There were no declarations of interest.

1.

Sophisticats, 3-7 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0RD pdf icon PDF 2 MB

App

No

Ward /

Cumulative Impact Area

Site Name and Address

Application

Licensing Reference Number

1.

West End Ward/ Core CAZ North

Sophisticats, 3-7 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0RD

Sex Establishment

Licence

18/11064/LISEVR

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

LICENSING SUB-COMMITTEE No. 6

Tuesday 26th February 2019

 

Membership:            Councillor Melvyn Caplan (Chairman), Councillor Jim Glen and Councillor Shamim Talukder

 

Legal Adviser:                 Barry Panto

Committee Officer:         Tristan Fieldsend

Presenting Officers:       Angela Seaward

                                           Daisy Gadd

 

Objections:                      The Licensing Authority, three anonymous objections and Mr Simon Warr

 

Present: Ms Sarah Le Fevre (Counsel, representing the Applicant),Mr Jack Spiegler and Mr Thomas O’Maoleoin (Solicitors, representing the Applicant),Mr John McKeown (on behalf of the Applicant company), Ms Carmen Alonso (Designated Premises Supervisor), Mr Philip Kolvin QC (Counsel, representing Mr Simon Warr), Ms Lana Tricker (Solicitor, representing Mr Simon Warr), Mr Simon Warr (Objector), and Mr Steve Rowe and Mr James Hayes (Licensing Authority)

 

Sophisticats, 3-7 Brewer Street, London, W1D 0RD

18/11064/LISEVR

 

1.

Renewal of a Sexual Entertainment Venue Premises Licence

 

The application was to renew the sexual entertainment venue premises licence made by Devine Restaurants Ltd. It was noted that the licence had since been transferred to John McKeown Clubs Ltd.

 

 

Amendments to application advised at hearing:

 

None

 

 

Decision (including reasons if different from those set out in report):

 

The Sub-Committee considered an application by Devine Restaurants Ltd for a renewal of a sexual entertainment venue premises licence in respect of Sophisticats, 3-7 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0RD. The licence had since been transferred to John McKeown Clubs Ltd.

 

The Licensing Officer provided an outline of the application to the Sub-Committee and advised that on 6 December 2018, the Licensing Service had received an application to transfer the SEV Premises Licence from Devine Restaurants Ltd to John McKeown Clubs Ltd. The consultation period for the transfer application had now ended and no objections had been received.

 

The Licensing officer also informed the Sub-Committee that five objections had been received to the application for the renewal of the SEV licence. One of the objections (from Simon Warr) had been received outside of the statutory 28-day consultation period and this consisted of additional documents and witness statements.

 

The Chairman advised that before the Sub-Committee could consider the application it was important to hear from Mr Warr, who had submitted the late objection, and the applicant on whether the late submission should form part of the evidence before it.

 

Mr Kolvin, representing Mr Warr, provided a background to the objection and the reasons why it should be considered a significant piece of evidence. It was explained that Mr Warr operated the SEV premises called Platinum Lace. In October 2018, Mr Warr had received an anonymous objection to the renewal of his SEV licence consisting of serious allegations against the premises and him personally. It was the third time such objections had been received and the non-renewal of the licence would be catastrophic to his business. To understand why such persistent objections were being received Mr Warr employed a former Police Officer to conduct an investigation into who was making the objections and their motivations. By the 31 December 2018 the investigation, which formed part of the late submission, had been finalised and collated and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.

2.

Sophisticats, 77 Welbeck Street, London, W1G 9BN pdf icon PDF 2 MB

App

No

Ward /

Cumulative Impact Area

Site Name and Address

Application

Licensing Reference Number

2.

Marylebone Ward/  Core CAZ North

Sophisticats, 77 Welbeck Street, London, W1G 9BN

Sex Establishment

Licence

18/11062/LISEVR

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

LICENSING SUB-COMMITTEE No. 6

Tuesday 26th February 2019

 

Membership:            Councillor Melvyn Caplan (Chairman), Councillor Jim Glen and Councillor Shamim Talukder

 

Legal Adviser:                 Barry Panto

Committee Officer:         Tristan Fieldsend

Presenting Officers:       Angela Seaward

                                          Daisy Gadd

 

Objections:                      The Licensing Authority, one anonymous objection and Mr Simon Warr

 

Present: Ms Sarah Le Fevre (Counsel, representing the Applicant),Mr Jack Spiegler and Mr Thomas O’Maoleoin (Solicitors, representing the Applicant),Mr John McKeown (on behalf of the Applicant company), Ms Carmen Alonso (Designated Premises Supervisor), Mr Philip Kolvin QC (Counsel, representing Mr Simon Warr), Ms Lana Tricker (Solicitor, representing Mr Simon Warr), Mr Simon Warr (Objector), and Mr Steve Rowe and Mr James Hayes (Licensing Authority)

 

Sophisticats, 77 Welbeck Street, London, W1G 9BN (“The Premises”)

18/11062/LISEVR

 

1.

Renewal of a Sexual Entertainment Venue Premises Licence

 

The application was to renew the sexual entertainment venue premises licence made by Mondrealm Ltd. It was noted that the licence had since been transferred to John McKeown Clubs Ltd.

 

 

Amendments to application advised at hearing:

 

None

 

 

Decision (including reasons if different from those set out in report):

 

The Sub-Committee considered an application by Mondrealm Ltd for a renewal of a sexual entertainment venue premises licence in respect of Sophisticats, 77 Welbeck Street, London, W1G 9BN. The licence had since been transferred to John McKeown Clubs Ltd.

 

The Licensing Officer provided an outline of the application to the Sub-Committee and advised that on 6 December 2018, the Licensing Service had received an application to transfer the SEV Premises Licence from Mondrealm Ltd to John McKeown Clubs Ltd. The consultation period for the transfer application had now ended and no objections had been received.

 

The Licensing officer also informed the Sub-Committee that four objections had been received to the application for the renewal of the SEV licence. One of the objections (from Simon Warr) had been received outside of the statutory 28-day consultation period and this consisted of additional documents and witness statements.

 

The Chairman advised that before the Sub-Committee could consider the application it was important to hear from Mr Warr, who had submitted the late objection, and the applicant on whether the late submission should form part of the evidence before it.

 

Mr Kolvin, representing Mr Warr, provided a background to the objection and the reasons why it should be considered a significant piece of evidence. It was explained that Mr Warr operated the SEV premises called Platinum Lace. In October 2018, Mr Warr had received an anonymous objection to the renewal of his SEV licence consisting of serious allegations against the premises and him personally. It was the third time such objections had been received and the non-renewal of the licence would be catastrophic to his business. To understand why such persistent objections were being received Mr Warr employed a former Police Officer to conduct an investigation into who was making the objections and their motivations. By the 31 December 2018 the investigation, which formed part of the late submission, had been finalised and collated and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.