Agenda and minutes

South Hams Licensing Sub-Committee - Thursday, 25th April, 2019 10.00 am

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No. Item


Appointment of Chairman






That Cllr May be appointed Chairman for the duration of the meeting.



Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare any personal or disclosable pecuniary interests, including the nature and extent of such interests; they may have in any items to be considered at this meeting;




Members and officers were invited to declare any interests in the items of business to be considered during the course of the meeting.  These were recorded as follows:-


Cllrs Cuthbert and May both declared a personal interest in agenda item 4: ‘Application for a Variation to the Premises Licence at The Boathouse, 28-30 Island Street, Salcombe TQ8 8DP’ (Minute LSC.3/18 below refers) by virtue of close family members having attended an on-site Gin Tour and both remained in the meeting during the debate on this item.



Application for a variation to the premises licence at The Boathouse, 28-30 Island Street, Salcombe, TQ8 8DP pdf icon PDF 73 KB

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The Sub-Committee considered a report that sought to determine an application to vary the premises licence at The Boathouse, 28-30 Island Street, Salcombe.


The Licensing Specialist introduced the report and outlined the details of the application (as stated in the application form at Appendix A of the presented agenda report).  Whilst other matters had been raised during the consultation phase, the Licensing Specialist reminded the Sub-Committee that its decision had to be based upon the four licensing objectives.



1.      Address by the Applicant


In his address, the applicant provided some background information to the establishment of the business and proceeded to make specific reference to:-


-        the business employing 30 members of staff throughout the year and the consequent local economic benefits resulting from this organisation;

-        the purpose of this application being to increase opportunities (and therefore revenue) generated from the bar area;

-        the business having never received any complaints.  In addition, the applicant confirmed that the business had a very good relationship with its local neighbours and the Police;

-        the business having previously trialled the concept of tables and chairs being used in the courtyard area.  In reviewing this trial, the applicant reassured the Sub-Committee that there had been no issues or complaints raised;

-        the planning aspects.  The applicant informed that meetings were being held between the Council’s Planning Officers and his legal representatives and he would continue to take the necessary action to amend the associated planning conditions;

-        CCTV being in operation throughout the Distillery and Courtyard areas;

-        the importance of the reputation and branding of the business.  In stressing the importance, the applicant stressed that the business wished to be known as a responsible company;

-        the on-site stairs being very wide and supported by a handrail.  The applicant did not consider the stairs to be unsafe and felt that there were a number of other licensed premises in Salcombe that had similar stair arrangements;

-        any noise that was generated being kept within a contained area of the site; and

-        his willingness to pull some of the proposed seating back if that would make the application more acceptable to Members.



2.      Address by the Town Council Representative


At this point, the Town Council Representative was invited to make his submissions to the meeting.  In so doing, the following points were raised:-


-        Whilst the Town Council fully supported the business, it was of the view that this proposal was a step too far and the Town Council had a number of concerns related to noise.  In particular, the topography of the site resulted in noise travelling directly up through Church Street;

-        The Town Council had also raised a number of questions that included:

o  How the proposed 8.30pm closure would be enforced?

o  How would the business prevent glasses from being taken off-site?

o  In respect of emergency access provision, how would customers evacuate?

o  Where would the equipment be stored when it was not in use?  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3/18