Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committee 1 - Monday, 14th October, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4XX

Contact: Trish Corns  Email:

No. Item



To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 16 August, 2019.



The Minutes of the meeting held on 16 August 2019 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Declarations of Interest




Application for a new premise licence, Watcombe Wonderers Football Club, Long Lane, Haccombe pdf icon PDF 84 KB

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3.1 Introductions


The Chairman introduced the Members of the Sub Committee, Legal Adviser,

Licensing Officer, Democratic Services Officer and explained their respective



The Chairman advised that the Sub Committee would take into account the

merits of the application against the four licensing objectives: the prevention

of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and the

protection of children from harm, in addition to the Home Office Guidance and

the Council’s Licensing Policy.


3.2 Procedure to be Followed


The Legal Adviser referred to the procedure to be followed for the Hearing and those present wishing to make verbal submissions. There had been no requests from any other party to speak at the hearing. The procedure was as previously circulated to all interested parties with the Notice of Hearing. All parties had been sent an agenda.


3.3 The Council’s Licensing Manager’s Report


The application is for a new premises licence for the provision of the retail sale of alcohol Monday to Sunday at the Café, Watcombe Wanderers Football Club, Long Lane, Haccombe.  The hours sought are set out in the report circulated with the agenda.


The Council has received 3 letters of objection, objecting to the application on the grounds of Public Safety and Public Nuisance. In particular the objectors raised concerns regarding alcohol related antisocial behaviour, increased risk of crime, increased litter, noise nuisance late at night and increased light pollution near a quiet residential area.


One representation of support has also been received.


Devon and Cornwall Police Constabulary has agreed an additional condition with the applicant - With the exception of cans and plastics bottles, all alcohol sold shall be decanted into plastic paper or polycarbonate containers.


3.4  Address by the Applicant


The applicant advised that in the immediate future alcoholic drinks for sale would be limited to beer and cider, and addition to soft drinks. The long term goal was to refurbish the premises which was currently two shipping containers that were owned by the Council. The aim was to bring in income to maintain the 11.5 acres of football pitches, and improve the premises for members. The hours have been sought as detailed to cover all eventualities and matches because the match dates were not set that far in advance. One or two matches were played each week in addition to training and coaching for the adult and youths teams.


In response to questions, we heard from the applicant who advised that: all staff and volunteers had the necessary qualifications and training to work with the youth teams; and the club maintained the lane which was un-adopted and damaged by severe weather conditions. The club had resurfaced the road with some 50 tons of shingle. 


3.5 Decision


“We have carefully considered all the written material, and also all the oral submissions today from the Applicant. 


The Council’s Licensing Policy states that terminal hours will normally be approved when the applicant can show that the proposal would not adversely affect the licensing objectives, unless  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.