Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Tuesday, 15th October, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: Governance Services  Copies of the full report with appendices are available on request from the clerk. For details of the new premises licence please contact Entertainment Licensing on 0113 378 5029 after the hearing.

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of the Chair

To seek nominations for the election for the position of Chair.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That Councillor A Hutchison be elected as Chair for the meeting.

 

 

2.

Appeals Against Refusal of Inspection of Documents

To consider any appeals in accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules (in the event of an Appeal the press and public will be excluded)

 

(*In accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2, written notice of an appeal must be received by the Head of Governance and Scrutiny Support at least 24 hours before the meeting)

 

Minutes:

There were no appeals.

 

 

3.

Exempt Information - Possible Exclusion of the Press and Public

 

1)  To highlight reports or appendices which:

 

a)  officers have identified as containing exempt information, and where officers consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons outlined in the report.

 

b)  To consider whether or not to accept the officers recommendation in respect of the above information.

 

c)  If so, to formally pass the following resolution:-

 

  RESOLVED – That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of those parts of the agenda designated as containing exempt information on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information

 

2)  To note that under the Licensing Procedure rules, the press and the public will be excluded from that part of the hearing where Members will deliberate on each application as it is in the public interest to allow the Members to have a full and frank debate on the matter before them.

Minutes:

There was no exempt information.

 

 

4.

Late Items

To identify any applications as late items of business which have been admitted to the agenda for consideration

 

 (the special circumstances shall be identified in the minutes)

 

Minutes:

There were no late items.

 

Supplementary information had been published and distributed for Agenda Item 7, Application for the Grant of a Premises Licence at House of Fu, Briggate Leeds.

 

 

5.

Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 and paragraphs 13-16 of the Members’ Code of Conduct.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests.

 

 

6.

Certification of Films – Pulse – Showing at Everyman Cinema & Hyde Park Picture House pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Officer, Elections and Regulatory

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Officer, Election and Regulatory presented an application for the certification of a film called Pulse which was to be shown at Everyman Cinema and Hyde Park Picture House.

 

The application had been submitted due the film not having certification from the British Board of Film Classification.

 

Members of the Sub-Committee had watched the film prior to the hearing.

 

Gage Oxley, filmmaker was in attendance to support the application.  He informed the Sub-Committee that the film had been made in 2017 in partnership with US based charities that supported victims of the Orlando Massacre.  The film had been independently made in Leeds by young people aged 15 to 25.  It was felt that the film would fit within a 12A classification of the BBFC guidelines.  There was some mild sexual references in the film and also scenes with guns.

 

In response to questions from the Sub-Committee, the following was discussed:

 

·  The film was been shown to commemorate the anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

·  There would be question and answer sessions after the broadcasting of the film and a statement on the films website that gave a full explanation and explained links to the charities.  The film content was more in reference to homophobia than the massacre.

·  The film was aimed at Key Stage 5 and 6 students who would all be aged 15 and above.

 

The Sub-Committee adjourned to consider the application and the information presented.  On recommencing, the applicant was advised that the Sub-Committee felt it would be helpful to explain the symbolism of the final scenes of the film.

 

RESOLVED – That the film be given a 12A classification for the forthcoming viewings at Everyman Cinema and Hyde Park Picture House.

 

 

7.

Application for the Grant of a Premises Licence for House Of Fu, 163 Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6LY pdf icon PDF 134 KB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Officer, Elections and Regulatory

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Officer, Elections and Regulatory presented an application for the grant of a Premises Licence for House of Fu, 163 Briggate, Leeds.

 

The following were in attendance for this application:

 

-  Mr C Rees-Gay, Pinsent Masons – representing the applicant

-  Mt A Kollakowski – House of Fu

-  Mr S Stevens – House of Fu

-  PC C Arkle – West Yorkshire Police

-  Mr R Stirk – Entertainment Licensing

 

Prior to the hearing, the applicant’s representative informed the Sub-Committee that there was some supplementary information which include layout plans of the premises and a summary of the proposed operating schedule.  All other parties were aware of this information.

 

The application was for a new Premises Licence for a Japanese themed restaurant which covered the ground floor and basement with three karaoke rooms on the first floor.  This had been subsequently amended to replace the karaoke rooms with more dining areas.

 

The hours applied for were as follows:

 

Sale by retail of alcohol, performance of recorded music, performance of live music:

 

Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 to 00:00

Friday and Saturday: 11:00 to 01:00

 

Late night refreshment:

 

Sunday to Thursday: 13:00 to 00:00

Friday and Saturday: 23:00 to 01:00

 

It was also applied for a specific start date of 1 December 2020.

 

The application had received representations from West Yorkshire Police and the Licensing Authority due to the premises location in the red zone of the Cumulative Impact Area.

 

The premises had previously benefitted from a licence and this had lapsed following the insolvency of the previous operator.

 

The applicant’s representative addressed the Sub-Committee.  Issues highlighted included the following:

 

·  The operator successfully managed a number of other premises across the city centre and had a strong working relationship with West Yorkshire police.

·  The previous licence had only expired due to an oversight.

·  The operator had won national prizes for street food and operated at pop up events.  They now wanted a permanent home at these premises in Briggate.

·  The basement would be Izakaya style service of food and drink whilst the ground floor would be more of a traditional Japanese bar style.  The first floor would be private dining areas.

·  The applicant had met with West Yorkshire Police and the Licensing Authority and had invited them to insect the premises.

·  The premises would be food led and the applicant offered a condition that drinks were only sold to accompany food.

·  Music played in the premises would be vinyl based through a hi-fidelity system to create the Japanese culture of jazz cafes.

·  There would be a door supervisor present from midnight on Friday and Saturday and risk assessments carried out to judge if others would be needed.

·  The BACIL radio system would be in operation at the premises.

·  There would be conditions for the number of covers available and for the style of operation to be waiter service.

·  Reference was made to the plans for the transformation of the city centre.  It was felt that this application  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.