Caffi Llew Glas, 3 Plas y Goits, Stryd Fawr, Harlech, LL46 2YA.
To consider the application
To grant the application in accordance with the conditions set out by Snowdonia National Park planning application NP5/61/T2E
Representing the premises: Ms Harriet Brown (applicant)
Respondents: Mr Dafydd Thomas (Snowdonia National Park Planning Officer)
The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting. The Chair highlighted that all parties would be allowed up to five minutes to make their representations.
a) The Licensing Department's Report
Submitted – the report of the Licensing Manager giving details of the application for a premises licence for a light refreshment café / bar with seating areas inside and outside the property.
It was noted that the Licensing Authority Officers had sufficient evidence that the application had been submitted in accordance with the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003 and the relevant regulations. Reference was made to the measures that had been recommended by the applicant to promote the licensing objectives, and it was highlighted that these measures would be included on the licence.
Attention was drawn to the response that had been received during the consultation period. It was noted that Snowdonia National Park Authority objected to the application because it was contrary to the rights of planning application number NP5-61-T2E-DN but if the applicant were to amend the hours to comply with the conditions of the application, it would be acceptable.
It was recommended that the Committee should approve the application in accordance with the observations of Snowdonia National Park Authority and the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003 and the following reasons in particular:
In considering the application, the following procedure was followed:-
· Members of the Sub-committee and the applicant were given an opportunity to ask questions to the Licensing Manager
· The applicant was invited to expand on the application
· Members of the Sub-committee were given an opportunity to ask questions of the licensee.
· The Licensing Manager was given an opportunity to ask questions of the licensee.
· The consultees were given an opportunity to support any written observations
· The Licensing Manager and the applicant were given an opportunity to summarise their case
Disappointment was noted that the Harlech Community Council had not submitted their opinion and that including photos of the property and/or photos of the square / street would have been beneficial.
In response to a question regarding the recommendation of the Licensing Unit, it was confirmed that it recommended approving the application in accordance with the observations of the Snowdonia National Park Authority, and not the observations of Public Protection, as noted in the report.
Elaborating on the application, the applicant noted:
· That she had a small, light enterprise in mind
· She would not venture with anything bigger as it was difficult to recruit staff
· Happy to amend the opening hours to coincide with the planning application
In response to a question regarding how the applicant intended to alleviate noise concerns in future, she noted that she had no intention of holding entertainment or late evenings. She reiterated that her father lived in the flat above and was critical of any noise! She also noted that the staff had been trained to deal with unpleasant customers.
The consultees in attendance took the opportunity to expand on the observations they had submitted by letter.
Mr Dafydd Thomas (Snowdonia National Park Planning Officer)
· That the application had been refused as it was contrary to planning conditions
· Accepted that the applicant had agreed to change the hours
· If she wished to use the outdoor area, there would be a need to submit a planning application to amend conditions
Cllr Annwen Hughes (Local Member) - no observations and had declared an interest as she was the Chair of the Snowdonia National Park Authority
Cllr Gwynfor Owen (Local Member) - observations submitted by e-mail outside the consultation period:
· He apologised that he could not be present
· Supported the application
· The owner had invested heavily in this business along with the remainder of Llew Glas square. The applicant is a business woman who would create something with a special atmosphere in the centre of Harlech - this application fitted neatly within those plans.
· Believed that the applicant would ensure that she complied with everything to ensure a successful business.
The applicant, the respondents and the Licensing Manager withdrew from the meeting while the Sub-committee members discussed the application
In reaching its decision, the Sub-committee considered the applicant's application form along with written comments submitted by interested parties, the Licensing Officer's report, and the oral comments from each party at the hearing. The Council's Licensing Policy was considered along with the Home Office guidelines.
All the considerations were weighed up against the licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003, namely:
i. Prevention of crime and disorder
ii. Prevention of public nuisance
iii. Ensuring public safety
iv. Protection of children from harm.
Observations that were irrelevant to these objectives were disregarded. All parties were thanked for making representations on the application. The Sub-committee gave due consideration to all the representations.
RESOLVED to approve the application in accordance with the conditions set out by Snowdonia National Park planning application NP5/61/T2E