Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee (5)
Thursday 14th February, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Room 3.1, 3rd Floor, 5 Strand, London, WC2 5HR. View directions

Contact: Kisi Smith-Charlemagne, Senior Committee and Governance Officer  Email:  kscharlemagne@westminster.gov.uk Tel: 020 7641 2783

Items
No. Item

1.

Membership

To report any changes to the membership.

Minutes:

1.1      There were no changes to the membership.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members and Officers of any personal or prejudicial interests in matters on this agenda.

Minutes:

2.1      There were no declarations of interest.

1.

Phase 8, 7-8 St Martin's Place, London, WC2N 4HA pdf icon PDF 1 MB

App

No

Ward /

Cumulative Impact Area

Site Name and Address

Application

Licensing Reference Number

1.

St James’s Ward /

not in a cumulative impact area

Phase 8, 7-8 St Martin's Place, London, WC2N 4HA

New Premises Licence

18/15435/LIPN

 

Minutes:

LICENSING SUB-COMMITTEE No. 5

Thursday 14th February 2019

 

Membership:           Councillor Murad Gassanly (Chairman), Councillor Jim Glen and Councillor Aziz Toki

 

Legal Adviser:         Barry Panto

Policy Adviser:         Kerry Simpkin

Committee Officer:  Tristan Fieldsend

Presenting Officer:  Michelle Steward

 

Relevant Representations:    Environmental Health and residents St Martin-in the Fields

 

Present: Mr Stephen Walsh QC (representing the Applicant), Ms Lisa Inzani (Solicitor, representing the Applicant), Mr Philip Chan (Applicant), Mr Matthew Moffatt (Proposed DPS and General Manager), Mr Ian Watson (Environmental Health), Mr Richard Brown (Solicitor, Citizens Advice Bureau Licensing Advice Project, representing St Martins-in-the-Fields) and Ms Allyson Hargreaves and Revd Richard Carter (St Martins in-the-Fields)

 

Page 8, 7-8 St Martin’s Place, London, WC2N 4HA (“The Premises”)

18/15435/LIPN

 

1.

Sale by Retail of Alcohol – On and Off Sales

 

Monday to Thursday: 10:00 to 23:30

Friday to Saturday: 10:00 to 00:00

Sunday: 10:00 to 22:30

 

Seasonal Variations/Non-Standard Timings:

 

From the end of permitted hours on New Year’s Eve to the start of permitted hours on New Year’s Day.

 

 

Amendments to application advised at hearing:

 

None.

 

 

Decision (including reasons if different from those set out in report):

 

The Sub-Committee considered an application by Best Effort Ventures Ltd (“The Applicant”) for a new premises licence in respect of Page 8, 7-8 St Martin’s Place, London, WC2N 4HA.

 

The Licensing Officer introduced the application.

 

 

 

Mr Walsh, representing the applicant, explained that the application before the Sub-Committee was for a new premises licence for a hotel that had been granted planning permission in 2016. The hotel was situated over four floors and consisted of 138 bedrooms. The applicant had invested £90 million in renovating the building and had recruited a DPS who had significant experience in managing for major hotel chains. It was proposed that the hotel would open in September 2019. Mr Walsh showed detailed plans to the Sub-Committee including the proposals for the ground floor area. This ground floor would only have a very limited licensable area in order for a small café to operate which would predominantly sell tea and coffee. It was proposed that alcohol would also be available, however there would be no sales of draught beers and it would not be a destination bar.

 

To provide reassurance a condition was proposed requiring all sales of alcohol to be ancillary to the main use of the Premises as a hotel. The original application had sought to permit late night refreshment to 01:30 hours but, following discussions with stakeholders, it was now proposed to amend this to core hours. The main entrance to the Premises would be through the west of the building, the bar area would be staffed at all times with the close proximity of the reception area also providing a high degree of supervision. Customers could order a drink at the bar and then sit in the foyer to consume it or if they were hotel residents take it to their room. Mr Walsh advised the Sub-Committee that discussions had taken place with the Licensing Authority who were satisfied with the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.

2.

6th Floor Restaurant and Terrace, 7-8 St Martin's Place, London, WC2N 4HA pdf icon PDF 2 MB

App

No

Ward /

Cumulative Impact Area

Site Name and Address

Application

Licensing Reference Number

2.

St James’s Ward /

not in a cumulative impact area

6th Floor Restaurant and Terrace,

7-8 St Martin's Place, London, WC2N 4HA

New Premises Licence

18/15489/LIPN

 

Minutes:

LICENSING SUB-COMMITTEE No. 5

Thursday 14th February 2019

 

Membership:           Councillor Murad Gassanly (Chairman), Councillor Jim Glen and Councillor Aziz Toki

 

Legal Adviser:         Barry Panto

Policy Adviser:         Kerry Simpkin

Committee Officer:  Tristan Fieldsend

Presenting Officer:  Michelle Steward

 

Relevant Representations:    Environmental Health and residents of St Martin in the Fields

 

Present: Mr Stephen Walsh QC (representing the Applicant), Mr Alun Thomas (Solicitor, representing the Applicant), Ms Lisa Inzani (Solicitor, representing the Applicant), Mr Sergey Men (Applicant), Mr Ian Watson (Environmental Health), Mr Richard Brown (Solicitor, Citizens Advice Bureau Licensing Advice Project, representing St Martins-in-the-Fields) and Ms Allyson Hargreaves and Revd Richard Carter (St Martins in-the-Fields)

 

6th Floor Restaurant and Terrace, 7-8 St Martin’s Place, London, WC2N 4HA (“The Premises”)

18/15489/LIPN

 

1.

Sale by Retail of Alcohol – On and Off Sales

 

Monday to Sunday: 08:00 to 01:00

 

Seasonal Variations/Non-Standard Timings:

 

From the end of permitted hours on New Year’s Eve to the start of permitted hours on New Year’s Day.

 

 

Amendments to application advised at hearing:

 

The applicant advised that the provision of off sales be withdrawn from the application except to hotel residents.

 

 

Decision (including reasons if different from those set out in report):

 

The Sub-Committee considered an application by Amaberry Ltd (“The Applicant”) for a new premises licence in respect of 6th Floor Restaurant and Terrace, 7-8 St Martin’s Place, London, WC2N 4HA.

 

The Licensing Officer introduced the application and confirmed that the Police had withdrawn their representation following the agreement of conditions with the applicant.

 

Mr Walsh, representing the applicant, explained that the application was for a bar and restaurant located on the 6th floor of the hotel. The operator, Mr Sergey Men, was a very experienced and renowned sushi chef who had developed other successful restaurants with an emphasis on seafood. Mr Walsh detailed the Premises plans to the Sub-Committee and highlighted where the external west and south terraces were located in addition to the hatched areas designating where the restaurant and bar were situated. Concerns expressed by local residents had been considered and the application had subsequently been amended accordingly. The Sub-Committee was advised that the proposed restaurant and bar were appropriate for a hotel of this quality and would provide a high level of service to hotel residents and members of the public.

 

Mr Walsh recognised that the use of the west and south terraces was of major concern to the residents and that as such a compromise had tried to be reached. The Sub-Committee was informed that planning permission had been granted for the use of the terraces subject to them being restricted after 23:30. The original licensing application wanted to utilise the west terrace until 00:00 but following consideration of the concerns the proposal had now been scaled back to 23:30 in line with the planning permission. It was also proposed to limit the terminal hour for the supply of alcohol on the west terrace to 23:00. Concerning the south terrace, this would be conditioned so that customers were prevented from  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

Cumberland Food and Wine, 11 Great Cumberland Place, London, W1H 7LU pdf icon PDF 541 KB

App

No

Ward /

Cumulative Impact Area

Site Name and Address

Application

Licensing Reference Number

3.

Bryanston and Dorset Ward /

not in a cumulative impact area

Cumberland Food and Wine, 11 Great Cumberland Place, London, W1H 7LU

Variation

18/116121/

LIPV

 

Minutes:

Granted under delegated authority.

4.

Basement, 57 Greek Street, London, W1D 3DX pdf icon PDF 1 MB

App

No

Ward /

Cumulative Impact Area

Site Name and Address

Application

Licensing Reference Number

4.

West End Ward /

West End Cumulative Impact Area

Basement, 57 Greek Street, London, W1D 3DX

New Premises Licence

18/16088/LIPN

 

Minutes:

Granted under delegated authority.

5.

Unit 34B, Trocadero, 19 Rupert Street, London, W1D 7PN pdf icon PDF 492 KB

App

No

Ward /

Cumulative Impact Area

Site Name and Address

Application

Licensing Reference Number

5.

St James’s  Ward /

West End Cumulative Impact Area

Unit 34B, Trocadero, 19 Rupert Street, London, W1D 7PN

New Premises Licence

18/16233/LIPN

 

Minutes:

LICENSING SUB-COMMITTEE No. 5

Thursday 14th February 2019

 

Membership:            Councillor Murad Gassanly (Chairman), Councillor Jim Glen and Councillor Aziz Toki

 

Legal Adviser:           Barry Panto

Policy Adviser:          Kerry Simpkin

Committee Officer:   Tristan Fieldsend

Presenting Officer:   Michelle Steward

 

Relevant Representations:     Environmental Health and the Licensing Authority

 

Present: Mr Gary Grant (Counsel, representing the Applicant), Mr Yuk Chun Wong (Applicant), Mr Dave Nevitt (Environmental Health) and Miss Roxsana Haq (Licensing Authority)

 

Unit 34B, Trocadero, 19 Rupert Street, London, W1D 7PN (“The Premises”)

18/16233/LIPN

 

1.

Sale by Retail of Alcohol – On and Off Sales

 

Monday to Sunday: 10:00 to 01:30

 

Seasonal Variations/Non-Standard Timings:

 

The permitted hours for the sale by retail of alcohol shall be extended from the end of permitted hours on New Year’s Eve to the start of permitted hours on New Year’s Day.

 

 

Amendments to application advised at hearing:

 

The Sub-Committee was advised by the applicant that the hours for the sale by retail of alcohol had been amended to:

 

Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 01:00 on the day following

Sunday: 10:00 to 23:30

 

It was also noted that the provision of off sales had been withdrawn.

 

 

Decision (including reasons if different from those set out in report):

 

The Sub-Committee considered an application by Skewer and Beer Ltd (“The Applicant”) for a new premises licence in respect of Unit 34B, Trocadero, 19 Rupert Street, London, W1D 7PN.

 

The Licensing Officer introduced the application and confirmed that the Police had withdrawn their representation following the applicant’s agreement to reduce the terminal hour for the sale by retail of alcohol and late night refreshment.

 

Mr Grant, representing the applicant, provided the Sub-Committee with clarification on what hours were now being requested. The application was being reduced so that the terminal hour for alcohol and late night refreshment would be restricted to 01:00 hours Monday to Saturday. The terminal hours for licensable activities on Sundays would also be reduced to 23:30 hours. It was now also intended to restrict the closing hour for the Premises to 01:30 Monday to Saturday and 00:00 on Sundays. The Premises currently benefited from a premises licence that permitted the sale of alcohol to 00:00 Monday to Saturday and therefore, the application was only seeking a one-hour extension. The hours for Sunday were actually a reduction in the current hours permitted for late night refreshment. Following these amendments to the application, the Police had withdrawn their representation.

 

Mr Grant informed the Sub-Committee that the applicant was a very experienced operator who had operated premises within the West End for several years. As such, the applicant was very aware of the sensitive nature of the area. The application was to provide a communal dining experience where customers effectively cooked their own food. It was a sociable form of dining with customers spending in the region of 2 to 3 hours at the restaurant. Approximately 70% of customers were Chinese with the other 30% being formed mainly of post theatre attendees. The Sub-Committee was advised that the application was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.