Agenda and minutes

Licensing and Regulatory Sub-Committee - Wednesday 10 August 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Conference Chamber West, West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3YU

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No. Item


Election of Chair

To seek nominations for the election of Chair for this sub-committee meeting.


It was proposed, seconded and with the vote being unanimous




That Councillor Carol Bull be elected as Chair for this Sub-Committee meeting.


Apologies for absence


No apologies for absence were received.



Any member who is substituting for another member should so indicate, together with the name of the relevant absent member.


No substitutions were declared.


Declarations of interest

Members are reminded of their responsibility to declare any pecuniary or local non pecuniary interest which they have in any item of business on the agenda, no later than when that item is reached and, when appropriate, to leave the meeting prior to discussion and voting on the item.


There were no declarations of interest made.



Application for the Grant of a Premises Licence - Nowton Park, Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds (Report No: LSC/WS/22/007) pdf icon PDF 169 KB

Report No: LSC/WS/22/007

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The Business Partner (Litigation/Licensing) welcomed all present to the Hearing, reported that no declarations of interest had been received and introductions to all parties were made.  He also drew attention to the procedure for the conduct of the Hearing as attached to the agenda.


The following parties were present at the Hearing:


(a)        Applicant

(i)           Thomas Janes, Director, HiFields Limited 


(b)        Interested Parties

(i)           Henry Hopking, Chair of Nowton Parish Council (objector)

(ii)         Brian Wilson, Neighbourhood Watch (speaking on representations made in objection to the application)

(iii)        Ian Bowers, local resident (objector)

(iv)        Pat Lees, local resident (objector)

(v)         Julie Morrison, local resident (objector)

(vi)        Prof. Gillian Schofield, local resident (objector)


The Licensing Officer presented the report which explained that an application had been made by HiFields Limited, for the grant of a premises license to run events at Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds where they currently held events under a Temporary Event Notice.  However, for the premises licence application HiFields Limited had included weekdays for flexibility in case new events were added to the calendar.  A copy of the application was attached at Appendix A to Report number LSC/WS/22/007 together with a site plan and event management plan at Appendix B and C.


The licensable activities being proposed under the license were:


-      Supply of Alcohol (Supply of alcohol (on sales))

Monday – Sunday  11:00 - 00:00


-      Provision of Recorded Music (Outdoors)

Monday – Sunday  11:00 – 00:00


-      Provision of Live Music (Outdoors)

Monday – Sunday  11:00 – 00:00


-      Provision of Films (Outdoors)

Monday – Sunday  11:00 – 00:00


-      Provision of Performance and Dance (Outdoors)

Monday – Sunday  11:00 – 00:00


The Licensing Officer referred to paragraph 1.5 on page 2 of the report and advised that an error had been made relating to the consultation period.  She confirmed that the paragraph 1.5 should read as follows:


“A statutory 28-day consultation period started on 17 May 2022 16 June 2022 and ended on 28 June 2022 13 July 2022…”

The application had been served on all Responsible Authorities.  No comments had been received. However, the officer reported that discussions had been held between the Council’s Environmental Health Team with the applicant and certain conditions had been agreed (attached at Appendix E) which satisfied the Environmental Health Team under the Licensing Objective of Public Nuisance, which included limiting the number of events to 10 per year.


A total of 31 valid representations had been received from “other persons” in the statutory time frame objecting to the application and the details of these representations were attached at Appendix F.  The Sub-Committee was advised that contained within the representations were a number of issues which did not fall within the criteria of the Licensing objectives.


In making their decision, the Sub-Committee was advised that they should seek to focus on the steps considered appropriate to promote the particular licence objectives or objectives that had given rise to the specific representations and avoid straying into undisputed areas.


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