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WCC LICENSING SUB-COMMITTEE NO. 4
Thursday 21st May 2020
Membership: Councillor Karen Scarborough (Chairman), Councillor Jim Glen and Councillor Rita Begum
Officer Support: Legal Officer: Barry Panto
Committee Officer: Georgina Wills
Policy Officer: Amit Mistry
Presenting Officer: Kevin Jackaman
Application for a Variation of the Premises Licence [20/01396/LIPV]
Ground Floor and Basement
10 Berkeley Square
Mosela Investments SL (Haig Didizian in attendance)
Represented by Stephen Walsh Q.C. and Alun Thomas
Cumulative Impact Area?
Summary of Application
This is an application by Mosela Investments SL to vary the premises licence in respect of the premises known as Amazónico which operates from the ground floor and basement of 10 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6AA.
The restaurant was granted a licence in February 2019 and opened in November 2019. This application seeks to increase the hours for licensable activities in the basement only from Wednesday to Saturday and also seeks to increase the opening hours for an additional 30 minutes beyond the terminal hour for those licensable activities.
The increase in hours sought for the licensable activities is 90 minutes from Wednesday to Saturday (from 01.00 to 02.30). The applicant originally sought an increase of 60 minutes on a Sunday but that has now been withdrawn. There is a corresponding increase in the opening hours for 2 hours on Wednesday to Saturday (from 01.00 to 03.00).
For the avoidance of doubt, Mr Thomas clarified at the hearing that the applicants were no longer seeking to withdraw their existing permission to provide licensable activities on a Sunday before a bank holiday. They originally sought to do that because they had applied to extend the hours on a Sunday and would not have required the hours on a Sunday before bank holidays. Having withdrawn the extension of hours on a Sunday, they now wanted to retain the existing permission that they had for Sundays before a bank holiday. It seems that the existing permission actually permitted licensable activities to commence earlier on a Sunday before a bank holiday, namely 10.00 to Midnight.
The licensable activities for which an increase in hours is sought are the sale of alcohol, the provision of late-night refreshment and the provision of recorded music and live music. The applicant indicated that the capacity that will apply in the basement after 01.00 would be reduced from 100 persons to 80 persons. In addition, there would be no entry or re-entry to the premises after 01.00 other than for persons temporarily leaving the premises to smoke.
A number of areas had been identified on the plans of the premises that were hatched in red. There were two such areas on the ground floor and the entire basement was also hatched in red. A full restaurant condition applied to the entire premises (in accordance with Council’s model condition 66) but these areas hatched in red were essentially operating on the basis that they could be used as holding bars, where ... view the full minutes text for item 1.