Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory set out an application to
vary a premises licence held by Chevin Country Park Hotel, York
Gate, Otley, Leeds, LS21 3NU.
at the meeting for this item were:
Savage – Hotel Manager
- Christopher Grunert – John Gaunt and Partners
Legal Officer outlined the procedure for the meeting.
Licensing Officer provided the Sub Committee with the following
was an application to vary a premises licence, made by Diamond
Hotel Collection Limited, for Chevin Country Park Hotel, York Gate,
Otley, Leeds, LS21 3NU
history of the premises was set out at point 2 of the submitted
report with the current licensed hours and activities. It was noted
that the premises have had various DPS changes and licence
transfers over the years, the most recent being in September 2018
to transfer the licence to the current licence holder, Diamond
Hotel Collection Limited. Attached to the submitted report at
Appendix A was the current application form
application was to vary the licence for the following:
permitted regulated entertainment and the sale of alcohol to take
place throughout the licensed area of the hotel until the terminal
hour of 02:00hrs daily, in line with the Woodland
draw forward the commencement hour for regulated activities to
from the licence all historic Public Entertainment Licence
conditions, namely 9 to 115 (inclusive) and replace them with new
conditions as specified in section 16 of the application
additional regulated activities as specified in the application and
allow them to take place throughout the premises, (not limited to
the Woodland Suite), namely plays, indoor sporting events,
exhibition of a film and boxing and wrestling, between the hours of
10:00am and 02:00, also late-night refreshment, between the hours
of 23:00 and 02:00.
allow regulated entertainment, currently limited to the Woodland
Suite, to take place throughout the premises, namely live music,
recorded music, performance of dance and entertainment similar to
live music, recorded music or dance.
allow non-standard timings as follows: on the morning British
Summertime is applied, the terminal hour will be extended to
From 10:00hrs on New Year’s Eve, until 10:00hrs on 1st
January without interruption, for provision of plays, provision of
films, provision of indoor sporting events, provision of boxing or
From 23:00hrs on New Year’s Eve, until 10:00hrs on 1st
January without interruption, for provision of live music and
10:00hrs on New Year’s Eve, until 02:00hrs on 2nd January
without interruption for performances of dance, provision of
anything of a similar description to live music, recorded music or
performances of dance and sale of alcohol.
23:00hrs on New Year’s Eve, until 05:00hrs on 1st January for
late night refreshment
- A copy
of the application form was appended to the submitted report at
Appendix B. The applicant proposes to promote the licensing
objectives by taking the additional steps identified in section 16
of the application form.
- Representations had not been received from Responsible
Authorities. However, it was noted that three additional conditions
had been agreed between the applicant and West Yorkshire Police. A
copy of the agreed conditions was appended to the submitted report
at Appendix D.
- Entertainment Licensing were in receipt of two individual
letters of objection, both opposed to the application on the
grounds of noise nuisance. Redacted copies of the letters were
attached to the report at Appendix E.
Grunert presented the case for the application, providing the
present licence had passed to the Diamond Hotel Collection Limited
with ‘Grandfather Rights’. He said that some of the
imposed conditions would be frowned upon today and the hotel wished
to propose a set of modern conditions used by hotels of this type
across the country.
- Currently the Woodland Suite is licensed to sell alcohol until
2:00am and play recorded music for 24 hours, whilst other bars and
rooms close at different times. This makes multiple events
difficult to host.
proposal for the variation to the licence requested the unification
of hours across all event rooms and bars on the site to 2:00am and
for the playing of recorded music.
- He was
of the view that the playing of recorded music would not cause a
disturbance as the closest individuals would be guests staying at
the hotel or in the lodges. The Hotel had not received complaints
from any guests in relation to noise disturbance. The hotel wished
to promote a setting of tranquility and relaxation at this spa
acknowledged that two representations of objection had been
received. However, it was the first time that the hotel had been
made aware of any issues in relation to noise disturbance. It was
his view that the one of the objectors who owned an Airbnb and
placed a curfew of 10pm on his guests was bordering on the
commercial aspect rather that being directly affected. Mr Grunert
was surprised that a further objection had come from a neighbouring
property, as the nearest neighbours were outside the boundary of
the hotel and did not think that the noise would travel that
Grunert was of the view that unifying the licence would make the
running of the hotel more straight forward.
responding to questions from Members Mr Grunert said that the hotel
was not aware of any issues concerning noise nuisance.
Environmental Protection had not raised any objections.
Grunert said the hotel was open to the public as well holding
events. However, there was nothing around the hotel so was of the
view that people would not travel to use the late-night licensing
hours. The hotel booked private events and they were committed to
the hospitality and comfort of their guests.
Member’s discussions included:
- Standardising of hours throughout the hotel
hotel catering for a particular clientele
- Employment in the area
- Conditions in place for events such as boxing
RESOLVED – To grant the
variation to the licence as applied for.