Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Monday, 21st March, 2016 2.30 pm

Venue: Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA

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RESOLVED: That Councillor Mary Burstow be elected Chair of the Sub-Committee for the duration of the meeting.





No declarations of interest were made.




The Chair drew attention to the Council’s procedure to be followed at the meeting.


LICENCE APPLICATION -16/00050/LAPREM - Sutherland House, 29 Brighton Road, Sutton SM2 5AJ pdf icon PDF 345 KB

Report of the Executive Head of Safer and Stronger Communities on an application for a premises licence, and the representations relating thereto.

Additional documents:


The Sub-Committee considered an application for a licence in respect of the above premises.  A representative from Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd (Joanne Surguy) and legal representative (Robert Botkai) were present, along with representatives from LB Sutton Public Health (Dr Nicola Lang and Sylvia Godden).


The Sub-Committee heard the application, and the persons who had made representations and the applicant’s representative addressed the meeting. 


Dr Lang highlighted the key points from the representation made by Public Health, namely the data on ambulance call outs for the Sutton South ward relating to binge drinking, the proximity of the premises to Sutton Central ward, the rate of admissions for alcohol attributable harm and the number of schools within a mile of the premises.


Robert Botkai asked a range of questions and asked Councillors to approach the statistics provided with caution, as the picture they present varies according to context, e.g. in comparison with a local or national setting. 


In presenting the application, Robert Botkai advised the Committee that the applicant had met with the Police prior to submission of the application and outlined the conditions.  Robert Botkai noted that the Police had not made a representation, and that the S182 guidance is clear that the Police should be judged experts in crime and disorder. 


Robert Botkai described the training that is put in place for all Sainsbury’s staff in order to prevent underage sales.


All parties and the Council’s Licensing Officer then withdrew to enable the Sub-Committee, assisted by the clerk and Legal Adviser, to consider the application and the representations that had been made.


At the invitation of the Sub-Committee, Joanne Surguy and Robert Botkai returned to the meeting.  The Chair asked if the addition of a condition regarding the prevention of single sales of beer, lager and cider would be acceptable and they indicated the applicant would be prepared accept such a condition. They then left the meeting.


Members considered the written and oral representations that had been made and the application by reference to the Licensing Act 2003, and had regard to the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy, the Cumulative Impact Policy and the four licensing objectives.  In particular, they had regard to paragraph 4.14 of the report regarding the Cumulative Impact Policy.


RESOLVED: That application No. 16/00050/LAPREM be granted, subject to the conditions offered in the application and the two additional conditions offered and agreed by the Applicant at the meeting, as follows:


1.    There shall be no self-service of spirits except for spirit mixtures with an ABV not exceeding 5.5% ABV.


2.    There shall be no sale of single cans of beer, lager or cider from the premises.


For the following reasons:


1.    Sutton’s Licensing Policy states at paragraph 4.14 that “the effect of adopting a special [cumulative impact] policy of this kind is to create a rebuttal presumption that applications for the grant or variation of premises licences or club premises certificates which are likely to add to the existing cumulative impact will normally be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 37.



brought forward at the direction of the Chair, who has approved the reason for the urgency.


No urgent items were brought forward.