Agenda and minutes

Licensing Panel - Wednesday 26th February, 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: Cumberland Suite, Market Hall, Wigton, CA7 9AA

Contact: Lee Jardine  01900 702556

No. Item


Election of Chair

To elect a Chair for the ensuing meeting.


Councillor Smith was elected as Chair for the ensuing meeting


Declaration of Interests

Councillors/Staff to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, other registrable interest or any other interest and the nature of that interest relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct.


None declared



To answer questions from members of the public – submitted in writing or by electronic mail no later than 5.00pm, 2 working days before the meeting.


None received


To consider representations received in relation to an application for a premises licence pdf icon PDF 224 KB

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The Licensing and Compliance Officer submitted a report to consider representations received in relation to an application for a premises licence.


This report concerns an application for a premises licence for Hunter Leisure Group Limited, Bowness House Farm, Bowness on Solway, Wigton.


The applicant is Hunter Leisure Group Limited.


Members were given site layout and site location plans.


Hunter Leisure Group Limited applied for a premises licence with the following description: Leisure Complex including guest accommodation, bistro-restaurant & bar, onsite shop, and visitor centre & museum


The designated premises supervisor was Mr I Hunter and the application was for no more than 4999 people.


Members were advised of the application process to date.


The application was submitted on 15 November 2019. It was received electronically, and Allerdale Borough Council were under a duty to circulate the application to the responsible authorities. Due to an oversight the application was not circulated at the correct time. With the agreement of the applicant’s agent, Knight Training, the application was circulated to the responsible authorities on the 3 January 2020.


It was not considered necessary to re-advertise the application as Knight Training had publicised the application in line with the regulations. That consultation resulted in representations from interested parties.


Members were then advised of the representations received.


Cumbria Constabulary and Environmental Health responded to the application and suggested measures which they felt would promote the licensing objectives. The applicants accepted those conditions and, if granted, they should be added to the licence.


Two representations had been received against the application, one being a petition. They were from interested parties. Guidance issued under S.182 of the Licensing Act 2003 allows for an interested party to have their personal details kept confidential from the applicant if they fear intimidation or violence may result from making a representation. The individual interested party and the covering letter for the petition both ask for the provisions in paragraph 9.27 of the Guidance to be applied and personal details were kept confidential.


Members were then advised of the options available and that they were to decide in line with the licensing objectives.


The Applicant’s solicitor (Mr Woods) supported by the applicant (Mr Hunter) and agent (Mr Knight) then made representations, explaining the background to the application then responded to concerns raised in the representations.


In relation to the 24/7 licence, they acknowledged that this could cause concern for residents but reassured the panel that any after-hours alcohol sales will be restricted to onsite and in room consumption. The solicitor then advised of the comprehensive list of conditions including the installation of CCTV, challenge 25, training and development and explained the operating schedule in detail.


The solicitor then explained that they had agreed stringent conditions with Environmental Health and Cumbria Constabulary, and as such both these consultees had withdrawn their objections.


Further responses to concerns were explained to member. In relation to staffing, several staff will be personal licence holders and sufficient staff will always be on site, including overnight. Underage drinking would  ...  view the full minutes text for item 365.