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To consider an application for the variation of a Premises Licence in respect of Phantom Brewing Company – Unit 3-5 Meadow Road, Reading.

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The Head of Planning, Development and Regulatory Services submitted a report on an application for a variation of a Premises Licence in respect of Phantom Brewing Company, Meadow Road, Reading. The Applicant was seeking to vary the Premises Licence to allow an extension of the hours for the sale by retail of alcohol and an extension of the hours open to the public.


A copy of the application form and a plan was attached to the report at Appendix 1. The report stated that during the 28-day consultation process for the application, representations had been received from Reading Borough Council’s Licensing Team (Appendix 2), Reading Borough Council’s Planning Team (Appendix 3) and four residents (Appendices 4 to 7).


The report advised that the Licensing Team’s representation had been withdrawn as the Team’s recommended conditions had been agreed with the Applicant. The suggested conditions were set out at Appendix 2.


The report reminded Councillors that in considering representations received, 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 identified relevant guidance/legislation that needed to be taken into consideration, as set out in the Licensing Act 2003 and the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy (October 2018).


Appended to the report was a copy of a letter dated 17 August 2020 from Andrew Somerville, the Applicant’s Planning Consultant, in which he responded to the representations submitted by Reading Borough Council’s Planning Team.


Finally, the report contained an email dated 10 August 2020 from the Applicant to Reading Borough Council’s Licensing Team in which he set out his responses to the representations made against his application to extend the opening hours of the premises.


In advance of the meeting, all parties were provided with a copy of Reading Borough Council’s Planning Team additional document which set out a summary of its representations.


Peter Narancic, Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer, Reading Borough Council presented the report.  Tom Hughes, Planning Officer, Reading Borough Council was present  and addressed the Sub-Committee on his representations regarding the application.


The Applicant was present and was assisted by Andrew Somerville. They addressed the Sub-Committee separately on the application and responded to questions.  The Applicant advised that Phantom Brewing Company had recently extended its premises to include Unit 2 Meadow Road, which amounted to an increase of approximately 5,930 square feet.


The Sub-Committee was advised that the Applicant had agreed to the additional conditions recommended by Reading Borough Council’s Licensing team. 


Resolved -


That, in order to promote the licensing objectives, and having regard to the oral and written representations made, the Secretary of State’s guidance issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 (April 2018) and the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy (October 2018), the variation of a Premises Licence in respect of Phantom Brewing Company, Meadow Road, Reading, be granted to permit the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.