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.
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Election of the Chair
To seek nominations for the election for the position of Chair.
RESOLVED – That Councillor B Garner be elected as Chair for the duration of the meeting.
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)
There were no appeals.
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.
There were no exempt 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)
There were no late items.
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.
There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests.
To consider the report of the Chief Officer (Elections and Regulatory) that advises Members of an application made under section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 ("the Act") for a new premises licence in respect of Tesco Stores Limited 93 Portland Crescent, Leeds, LS1 3AY.
The Chief Officer (Elections and Regulatory) submitted a report that advised Members of an application made under section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 ("the Act") for a new premises licence in respect of Tesco Stores Limited 93 Portland Crescent, Leeds, LS1 3AY.
The Legal Adviser to the Sub Committee set out the procedure to be followed and the Senior Licensing Officer outlined the application.
In summary, the application was for:
Sale by retail of alcohol – Every day 06:00 – 00:00 (for consumption off the premises)
The application has attracted representations from other persons. West Yorkshire Police also submitted a representation, however, agreements were made between themselves and the applicant prior to the hearing, subsequently the representation was withdrawn.
The following were in attendance:
- Chris Rees-Gay (Pinsent Masons LLP) – Applicant’s Representative
- Hardish Purewal – Licensing Manager for Tesco
- Paul Robinson - Area Manager for Tesco
- Phil Crier (PBC Licensing) – Representing Academy Music Group Ltd (Objector)
Mr Rees-Gay addressed the Sub-Committee on behalf of the applicant, providing a brief overview of the background of national retailer, Tesco, and explained that the new convenience store has been designed for the use of local residents, with a strong community ethos. Members were also advised that a formal training programme, including online and one-to-one training sessions, is delivered to all employees of Tesco stores. Mr Rees-Gray noted that once a customer has left the vicinity of the store, they are no longer the responsibility of Tesco staff, however also recognised the importance of being a responsible retailer and therefore offered to work with the O2 academy moving forward to address any concerns arising in the local area. Mr Rees-Gray recognised that the premises is located within the Cumulative Impact Area, however considered any concerns to have already been addressed within the set of conditions agreed with West Yorkshire Police.
The Sub-Committee sought clarification of the schedules for security guards at each of the other Tesco stores in the city centre, and were advised that all stores employ door staff from 2.00 p.m. until 11.00 p.m. every day of the week. It was confirmed that these schedules were put in place following routine risk assessments for each of the stores, as opposed to formal conditions applied to the premises licences by the licensing authority. Representatives also confirmed that a risk assessment would be completed once national COVID-19 restrictions had been eased, ahead of the July 2021 opening, to ensure that the assessment is a true reflection of the area and regular footfall.
Mr Crier addressed the Sub-Committee on behalf of the objector, and highlighted the two proposed conditions within the written objection for Members consideration. Otherwise, Mr Crier recognised that the applicant had evidenced commitment to providing door security at other city centre stores and welcomed the applicants’ cooperation with the O2 Academy for any future issues that arise.
The Sub-Committee asked the objector to confirm how often the O2 Academy host events until 6.00 a.m., ... view the full minutes text for item 6.