Agenda and minutes

Licensing (Licensing and Gambling) Sub-Committee - Thursday, 16th November, 2023 4.00 pm

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Election Of Chair

To appoint a Chair for the purposes of this meeting.


RESOLVED that Councillor M Bunday be elected as Chair for the purposes of this meeting.


Exclusion Of The Press And Public - Legal Advice

At a predetermined point during the consideration of all items the Sub-Committee may move into private session in order to receive legal advice when determining issues. The parties to the hearing, press and public, unless otherwise excluded by the Licensing Act 2003 (Hearings) Regulations 2005, will be invited to return immediately following that private session at which time the matter will be determined and the decision of the Sub-Committee will be announced.




RESOLVED that the Sub-Committee move into private session in order to receive legal advice when determining issues, the parties to the hearing press and the public unless otherwise excluded by the Licensing Act 2003 (Gearings Regulations 2005), would be invited to return immediately following that private session, at which time, the matter would be determined and the decision of the Sub-Committee announced.




Application for New Premises Licence - Sam Store, East Block The Balbirs, 72 Portswood Road, Southampton SO17 2FB

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The hearing was held as a remote hearing with all parties participating virtually using Microsoft Teams and was streamed live online for the press and public to view via the Live Events platform.

The Sub-Committee considered very carefully the application for the grant of a premises licence at Sam Store East Block - The Balbirs 72 Portswood Road Southampton SO17 2FB. It gave due regard to the Licensing Act 2003, the Licensing Objectives, statutory guidance, and the adopted statement of Licensing Policy. The Human Rights Act 1998, the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010 were borne in mind whilst making the decision.

The Sub-Committee made its decision on the basis of all of the evidence submitted, both in writing and given orally at the Hearing.

The Sub-Committee noted that Hampshire Constabulary (Licensing) and thirty-five residents had submitted representations. It also noted that conditions had been agreed by Hampshire Constabulary with the Applicant. No other responsible authorities had made representations.

The Sub-Committee heard oral evidence from the applicant’s representative Mr Shorish Mustafa, and from several of the residents, and two councillors. The written representations were also considered.

Having considered all of the above, the Sub-Committee:

RESOLVED to grant the Premises License in accordance with the application and subject to the conditions agreed with Hampshire Constabulary. An amendment was made to the condition regarding the sale of alcohol, which will be from 8am Monday to Saturday and 11am on Sunday with no change to the closing hours agreed.


The application was for a new Premises Licence for a shop on a newly built block of flats with small retail units at the ground level.

Legislation provides for a presumption of the granting of a new Premises Licence, subject to the determination of the application with a view to promoting the licensing objectives in the overall interests of the local community.

The Sub-Committee carefully considered the written objections, oral representations, and the representations in support of the application.

Hampshire Constabulary agreed conditions with the applicant prior to the hearing. The Police had also explained to the Applicant, that the proposed DPS must have their Personal Licence before any alcohol could be sold, and, that this must be reflected on the licence if it is granted. Provided the agreed conditions were included in the licence, the police have no objections to the grant of a Premises Licence.

Generally, residents were concerned that the grant of a Premises Licence would lead to an increase in public nuisance and anti-social behaviour as well as a risk of harm to children. There was also concern that there are a number of businesses offering the same services within a short distance. Objectors also raised the proximity of the proposed shop to other local amenities, for example; the nearby Mosque, a pre-school and school, and a housing association.

The Sub-Committee considered all representations but concluded that there was no evidence of a real risk of a breach of the Licensing Objectives. The Sub-Committee acknowledged  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.