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Licensing Act 2003 - Application for Variation of a Premises Licence pdf icon PDF 89 KB

For Members to consider and determine an application to vary a premises licence, made under the Licensing Act 2003, in respect of the George and Dragon, Church Street, Flint, Flintshire, CH6 5AD.

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That the application by Marston’s PLC (‘the Applicant’) to vary a premises licence for The George and Dragon public house (‘the Premises’)  to add an external area, including an external bar at the rear of the premises to the licensed plan, under the Licensing Act 2003 is REFUSED.


The Licensing Officer presented a report to consider and determine an application under the Licensing Act 2003 submitted by Marstons Plc for a variation of a premises licence at the George & Dragon, Church Street, Flint.  The application was to add an external area, including an external bar for the sale of alcohol, to the licensing plan at the rear of the premises.  The Applicant had also requested that a condition on the existing premises licence be removed. This condition stated, ‘“There shall be no amplified music in the smoking area”.  The application was made on 6 October 2021.


As appended to the report, representations were received from the Council’s Pollution Control Section and also from seven residents.


North Wales Police had responded to the variation application on 21 October 2021 and the applicant had agreed a number of conditions with them, including the maintenance of an Incidents and Refusals book; ensuring a stringent cleaning process and consideration of safety glassware; ensuring supervision of the beer garden at all times; and ensuring that any sound generated was not excessive.


The Applicant thereafter made a number of amendments to the application to include the conditions as agreed with the Police and to include the following changes:


(1)     That the external provision of retail sale of alcohol to cease at 22:00


(2)     That the provision of regulated entertainment in the form of live and recorded music externally, to cease at 21:00


(3)     That there be a maximum of four family day / festivals per annum undertaken externally.


(4)     That at all times when the external bar is in use, the bar will be staffed and no stock be left in place when that bar closes.


During the hearing, representations were made on behalf of the Applicant by Michelle Hazelwood of John Gaunt & Partners. The Applicant had submitted legal submissions and a bundle of documents comprising six parts which had been fully considered by the Committee.


The Committee also heard from Martyn Kirby (Pollution Control Officer) and Mr Ken Archer who spoke on behalf of the residents.


The Committee received legal advice from Mr Ben Dylan Williams (Barrister).


When the Chairman was satisfied that all relevant questions had been raised, all those present - with the exception of the Chairman, Committee Members, Barrister and Democratic Services Officer - were removed from the meeting to enable the Committee to reach a decision.


The Committee asked themselves the question helpfully posed by the Applicant through its representative, namely; was there a risk of nuisance from this application, based on all the evidence heard?  The Committee considered that there was a clear risk of such a nuisance based on the use of the external area.


The Committee considered that the evidence from the residents was compelling as was that of Mr Kirby, whom they noted had not yet concluded his ongoing investigations but had given his professional view that such noise would be clearly audible to residents given their proximity to the external area.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


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