Agenda item


To consider an application for the grant of a Premises Licence in respect of Farmhouse Pizza, 435 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HD.


The Head of Planning, Development and Regulatory Services submitted a report on an application by SAN INT Trading Ltd for the grant of a Premises Licence in respect of Farmhouse Pizza, 435 Oxford Road, Reading, RG30 1HD.  The report explained that in April 2019 the Licensing Team had discovered that the previous Premises Licence, Farmhouse Pizza Reading 1 Limited, had been dissolved on 30 October 2018.  The premises had therefore been operating illegally since then due to the failure to transfer the licence to another person within the stipulated 28 days.

A copy of the application form was attached to the report at Appendix PN-1.  As stated in the report, the application was seeking the following:

Late Night Refreshment (Indoors)

Monday to Thursday from 2300hrs until 0200hrs

Friday to Sunday from 2300hrs until 0300hrs

Hours Open to the Public

Monday to Thursday from 0900hrs until 0200hrs

Friday to Sunday from 0900hrs until 0300hrs

The report stated that, during the 28-day consultation process for the application, representations had been received from the Reading Borough Council Licensing Team, Thames Valley Police, Reading Borough Council Planning and Environmental Protection Teams, which were attached to the report at Appendices PN-2, PN-3, PN-4 and PN-5 respectively.

A plan showing the location of the premises and surrounding streets was attached to the report at Appendix PN-6.

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 report set out paragraphs 1.5, 8.41-8.49, 9.4, 9.8-9.9,9.11-9.13, and 14.63-14.64 from the Secretary of State’s guidance issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 (April 2018) and paragraphs 2.1-2.7, 3.2-3.4, 6.1-6.2, 6.19-6.23, 7.1-7.7, 7.12, 7.16-7.17, 8.16, 9.1-9.3, 9.6-9.7 from the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy (October 2018).

Mr Sohail Anwar on behalf of the Applicant SAN INT Trading Ltd and his representative, Mr Colin Alborough, attended the meeting and addressed the Sub-Committee on the application and responded to questions.

Jean Champeau, Senior Enforcement Licensing Officer, Rebecca Moon, Senior Environmental Health Officer and Elizabeth Senyah, Environmental Health Officer, Reading Borough Council and Declan Smyth, Licensing Officer, Thames Valley Police, were present as Responsible Authorities and addressed the Sub-Committee on their representations regarding the application as stated in the report.  Peter Narancic  Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer was also present to present the report.

At the hearing Declan Smyth reported that Thames Valley Police had proposed amended opening hours to 0100hrs Monday to Sunday, with amended conditions, including the granting of appropriate planning consent, and that if the applicant agreed to these, Thames Valley Police would be prepared to withdraw their representations.  Peter Narancic provided made copies of the amended conditions available at the meeting.


(1)     That, in order to promote the four licensing objectives and having regard to the oral and written representations made, the Secretary of State’s guidance and the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy, the application in respect of Farmhouse Pizza, 435 Oxford Road, be granted, subject to the appropriate Planning Consent being granted and the amended opening hours and conditions agreed at the hearing.

(2)      The Sub- Committee had arrived at this condition as the Sub-Committee was confident that the applicant would take all measures to secure planning consent prior to opening until 0100hrs as failure to do so would be a breach of this licence.

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