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Apologies for Absence and Declarations of Interest
Councillor Freeman declared a personal non-pecuniary interest as a member of Saffron Walden Town Council.
To consider an application for a premises licence.
The Licensing Team Leader gave a summary of the report, which set out an application for a new premises licence in respect of Saffron Walden Chinese. One representation had been received from an interested party living next door to the premises raising concerns based on the licensing objectives that relate to the prevention of public nuisance and crime and disorder.
In response to Member questions, X H Chen confirmed through P Li that the intention was for the restaurant to stop serving both food and alcohol at 11pm. She confirmed that she knew this would have the effect of pushing last food orders back to 10.30pm.
At 11.10, the Committee retired to make its decision.
At 11.30, the Committee returned. The decision was read to those present.
DECISION NOTICE – 1-3 EAST STREET SAFFRON WALDEN.
The application before the Panel today is for a new premises licence for the above address. The application is dated 1st August 2019 and is made by Saffron Walden Chinese Ltd. Representations have been made by a neighbouring resident on the grounds of potential nuisance. We have also received copy correspondence from Essex Police, indicating they wished additional conditions to be placed upon the licence. The applicant has agreed to this and therefore the Police are content for the application to proceed. These are the circumstances under which the matter has been referred to us for determination.
We have had sight of a detailed report and have considered the extensive background papers, including:-
Correspondence from Essex Police
Bundle of letters and emails from the Interested Party.
Plan of premises
Location map of premises
Our attention has also been drawn to the Home Office Revised Guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 (April 2018 version) and to Uttlesford District Council’s Statement of Licensing Act 2003 Policy 2017-22
Historically, a licence for this premises was first granted on 7 October 2005. The premises was then known as “China China”. No representations were made in respect of the application and it was granted as asked. The Council received an application for the review of this licence from Essex Police dated 16 October 2018 on the grounds of the prevention of crime and disorder relating to immigration offences. The premises licence was surrendered a few days prior to the hearing date on 11 November 2018. The restaurant has remained closed since November 2018. Ownership has been changed and we assume that the Police are satisfied that this change is genuine, and internal refurbishments have also been taking place. An application for a new premises licence has now been submitted.
In accordance with the Licensing Act 2003 where an applicant submits an application for a premises licence then an operating schedule must accompany the application. This demonstrates how the licensing objectives will be met and also outlines what licensable activities are sought. These can be read on part M of the application form (appendix 1).
The licensable activities and time being sought on ... view the full minutes text for item 2.