Proposed venue: Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU

Contact: Julie Quarmby - Committee Services  Email: julie.quarmby@reading.gov.uk

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The Minutes of the meetings of Licensing Applications Sub-Committee 2 held on 14, 30 and 31 January 2020 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.



Application for the Review of a Premises Licence - Favourite Chicken and Pizza pdf icon PDF 10 MB

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The Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Regulatory Services submitted a report on an application by Thames Valley Police for the review of the Premises Licence in respect of Favourite Chicken and Pizza, 10 St Marys Butts, Reading, RG1 7LN.  The review had been requested following a number of violent incidents that had occurred in and around the premises, which included large-scale fights, possession of drugs, a stabbing and use of a Taser to arrest an individual.  The most recent of these incidents had happened on 21 December 2019 where a large-scale disorder had taken place outside the premises.  Inspection of the premises had also found a number of management failures.

The Sub-Committee considered a request from Jean Champeau, Principal Licensing Officer, to adjourn the hearing until 26 March 2020.  He explained that both parties had continued to submit additional evidence following the submission of the review papers and that it had been difficult to provide a coherent report to the Sub-Committee.  He added that the adjournment would allow both Thames Valley Police and the Premises Licence Holder (PLH) to resubmit all of their evidence, both written and in other media, in a comprehensive and cross-referenced bundle, which would enable the Sub-Committee to fully comprehend the information and evidence before holding the review.

Jean Champeau added that he would be asking for an adjournment of the review of the Premises Licence for Bar Iguana/Premier, also held by the same PLH, at the Sub-Committee meeting arranged for 12 March 2020.  In order for this review to be heard on 26 March 2020, he explained that a separate evidence bundle would also need to be submitted by both parties by the required deadline.

Mr William Donne, the Premises Licence Holder’s representative, and Mr Kamal Saleem, the Designated Premises Supervisor, were present at the meeting and addressed the Sub-Committee.

Robert Smalley, Licensing Enforcement Officer, Reading Borough Council and Simon Wheeler, Thames Valley Police, were present and addressed the Sub-Committee.  Jason Jones, Thames Valley Police also attended the meeting.

Resolved –

That consideration of the review of the Premises Licence in respect of Favourite Chicken and Pizza, 10 St Mary’s Butts, Reading, RG1 7LN be adjourned until 26 March 2020, to allow both parties to resubmit all evidence produced after the review application was served as follows:

(a)         All evidence to be lodged in a bundled form and cross-referenced with any CCTV supplied;

(b)         Any CCTV to have a brief description detailing what it showed and why it was being produced as evidence;

(c)          That five copies of each CCTV submission be provided to Reading Borough Council;

(d)         That the bundle be submitted no later than 5.00pm on 13 March 2020;

(e)         That a separate bundle be prepared for the meeting on 12 March 2020 to hear the review of the Premises Licence in respect of Bar Iguana/Premier.



Application for the Grant of a Premises Licence - Premier Inn pdf icon PDF 185 KB

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Further to Minute 27 of the meeting held on 14 February 2019, the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Regulatory Services submitted a report on an application by Whitbread Group PLC for the grant of a Premises Licence in respect of Premier Inn, on the site of 20 Hosier Street, Reading, RG1 7JL.

The report stated that the application was for the grant of a premises licence to permit the following licensable activities:

Hours for the Sale of Alcohol (on and off the premises)

Monday to Sunday                           1000 hours until 0000 hours

(24 hours for residents)

Hours for Late Night Refreshment (Indoors)

Monday to Sunday                           2300 hours until 0000 hours

(24 hours for residents)


Monday to Sunday                           1000 hours until 0000 hours

Non-Standard Timings

To permit sale of alcohol, late night refreshment and such regulated entertainment as authorised hereunder from New Year’s Eve to terminal hours as proposed being 0030 on 2 January.

Hours Open to the Public

Monday to Sunday                           0630 hours until 0030 hours

The premises to remain open to permit the sale of alcohol, late night refreshment and regulated entertainment to hotel residents 24 hours a day.  For non-residents the premises would close 30 minutes after the end of non-standard timing (see above).

A copy of the application was attached to the report at Appendix 1.

The report stated that representations had been received from Reading Borough Council Licensing Team and Thames Valley Police, which were attached to the report at Appendices 2 and 3.  The report also stated that at its meeting on 14 February 2019 the Licensing Applications Sub-Committee had decided to adjourn the hearing in order to allow the applicant time to speak to the planning department and a copy of the relevant minute was attached at Appendix 4.

The report stated that in determining the application the Licensing Authority had a duty to carry out its functions with a view to promoting the four licensing objectives, as follows:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder;
  • public safety;
  • The prevention of public nuisance;
  • The protection of children from harm.

The report also stated that any conditions placed on the premises licence should be appropriate and proportionate with a view to promoting the licensing objectives and that the Licensing Authority could amend, alter or refuse an application should it be deemed appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives.  The Council’s Licensing Policy also placed an onus on applicants who wished to open beyond 2300h hours to demonstrate how they would mitigate the issues of crime and disorder and potential public nuisance.

The report set out paragraphs 8.41 to 8.49, 9.11 to 9.13, 14.63 and 14.64 from the Secretary of State’s Guidance to the Licensing Act 2003 issued in April 2017.  The report also set out paragraphs 2.2 to 2.7, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 9.1 to 9.3, 9.6, 9.7, 12.1 to 12.3, 12.6 to 12.8, 12.10 to 12.15, 12.18 to 12.21, 12.23, 12.24, 12.27 and 12.35 of the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy.

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