Agenda and minutes

Licensing (Licensing and Gambling) Sub-Committee - Tuesday, 5th March, 2024 4.00 pm

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Election Of Chair

To appoint a Chair for the purposes of this meeting.


It was noted that the hearing was a hybrid meeting with the Sub-Committee in the room and other parties to the hearing participating online. The Committee Members had submitted a request for the style of the hearing to be hybrid which had been agreed by the Chair in consultation with Democratic and legal Services. The option to attend the hearing remotely or in person had been offered to all relevant parties.


RESOLVED that Councillor Mrs Blatchford be elected as Chair for the purposes of this meeting.


Minutes Of The Previous Meeting (Including Matters Arising) pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To approve and sign as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 24 January 2024 and to deal with any matters arising, attached.


RESOLVED that the minutes for the Sub-Committee meeting on 24 January 2024 be approved and signed as a correct record.


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 public, unless otherwise excluded by the Licensing Act 2003 (Hearings) Regulations 2005, would be notified within 24 hours of the matter being determined and the decision of the Sub-Committee would be published on the website of Southampton City Council.



Application for New Premises Licence - Basement, 35-36 Oxford Street, Southampton, SO14 3DS

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The Sub-Committee considered very carefully the application for grant of a premises licence for Basement, 35-36 Oxford Street, Southampton as submitted.


It has given 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 Equality Act 2010 and The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 Section 17 have been considered 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 heard evidence from the applicant, and the objector Mr Beaven both orally at the hearing and in written representations.


The Sub-Committee noted that none of the Responsible Authorities attended the Hearing, but that conditions had been agreed with the applicant, to be added to the licence, should the application be granted.


Having considered all of the above the Sub-Committee agreed to grant the licence in accordance with the application but subject to the following conditions


-  The hours of operation shall be between 12:00 to 00:00 from Monday to Sunday

-  The conditions agreed with the Responsible Authorities shall be added to the standard conditions.



The Sub-Committee has listened to the concerns of the local resident which related to public nuisance, anti-social behaviour, security and road safety.  However, as this is a new application the concerns amount to speculation as to what might happen at the premises.


Advice was also given that the legislation had a presumption of grant subject to the determination of the application with a view to promoting the licensing objectives in the overall interests of the local community but as Oxford Street is within a Stress Area designated by Section 6 of the Statement of Licensing Policy, the onus is on the Applicant to prove that the granting of the application will not adversely impact any of the Licensing Objectives and will not increase the impact in the area. The conditions agreed with the responsible authorities do meet concerns that do not amount to speculation.  The sub-committee noted that the responsible authorities are regarded as experts in their respective fields.


The amendment to the operating hours are imposed to minimise the impact of patrons leaving the establishment past midnight, and ensure that noise is kept to a certain time.

The Sub-Committee were concerned by what appeared to be a lack of a plan from the Applicant in terms of what he intended to use the premises for. The Applicant appeared to suggest that he wanted it to be run as a member’s club, however he also stated that he would be renting the premises out and made clear that it may not be used as such, and that it could be used for another purpose. The lack of a clear plan for the premises was a concern, however limiting the hours is considered to mitigate any potential impact on the Stress Area.


Due to the premises being a basement, the sub-committee draws  ...  view the full minutes text for item 41.