Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Monday, 26th March, 2018 10.30 am, NEW

Venue: Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton

Contact: Charles Yankiah, Committee Services Officer  Tel: 020 8770 4990 | Email:

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Resolved: That Councillor Marlene Heron be elected Chair of the Sub-Committee for the duration of the meeting.






Councillor Graham Whitham, declared a non-pecuniary interest by virtue of knowing Mr Plant (objector).



MINUTES pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 24 January 2018.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 24 January 2018 were deferred to the meeting of the Licensing Sub Committee to be held on Wednesday 4 April, because none of the Members in attendance were at the meeting on 24 January 2018 to approve the draft minutes as a correct record.





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



LICENCE APPLICATION - Application No. 5870/ 18/00077/ LAPREM, McDonald’s Restaurant Ltd, 585 London Road, Cheam, SM3 9AG pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Environment, Housing and Regeneration Directorate on an application for a variation to a premises licence, and the representations relating thereto.


Additional documents:


Nick Cloke, Licensing Lead Officer, presented the report and tabled a premises licence plan that was not included in the pack.


Members asked about the onus being on the applicant to demonstrate that the application would not have an impact on the local community.


Nick Cloke informed the Sub Committee that due to the “rebuttable presumption” that it was up to the applicant to demonstrate that the application would not have an impact on the Cumulative Impact Zone (CIZ).


Mr Plant addressed the meeting with his representation and raised the following points: -


  • The restaurant is sited in an anti-social behaviour hotspot as verified by the Metropolitan Police in their report of 16 June 2017.
  • Although the site is in Worcester Park, any anti-social behaviour spills out into Nonsuch Ward and areas at risk.
  • There are issues with litter, with McDonald’s agreeing to initially send out litter collections as far away as ½ km but this has long ceased and there is litter from the restaurant on the streets.
  • There is also the issue of noise for residents who live adjacent to the premises with cars passing and waiting with engines running throughout the early morning when most folks just want to get to sleep.
  • It is socially unacceptable.
  • The applicant already has a drive-through facility less than 2 miles away on the A217 in a commercial area.


Mr Sparrow addressed the meeting with his representation and raised the following points: -


  • The likely increase in anti-social activity based on the restaurant’s facility.
  • There is an ongoing problem with litter being deposited on roads, in front gardens, over fences and onto and under parked vehicles.
  • There are no waste bins in the adjacent roads, so no where to leave discarded packaging.
  • An increase in noise, pollution and crime disturbing the peace and sleep of residents. in residential area.
  • An increase of traffic both outside the premises and in the adjacent local roads at a very unsocial time of day.
  • The increased activity from vehicles leaving the site, including increased traffic, fumes, banging of doors, radios, loud voices and arguments would undoubtedly disturb the peace and sleep of residents including children, at a very unsocial time of night.
  • There is a significant problem with anti-social behaviour from groups of youths centred on the restaurant, both in Worcester Park and Nonsuch Wards.


Councillor Richard Marston addressed the meeting with his representation and raised the following points: -


  • The current licence for the premises has a condition which require litter patrols, McDonald’s do not currently fulfil this obligation.
  • Overnight trading will generate noise from vehicles and their occupants which will be heard by residents and their children while trying to sleep.
  • During the summer months when vehicle and resident’s windows are likely to be open this will be a particular issue.
  • The increased use of motorised vehicles during this period will increase levels of airborne pollution such as nitrogen oxides which are considered to be a major contributor to lung problems, particularly  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.



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


There was no urgent business.