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The Sub-Committee noted the information provided by way of the report and heard from the Applicant. In particular the Sub-Committee noted that the vehicle’s MOT certificate expires on 31 August 2024, with no advisories. The Sub-Committee were informed that the vehicle passed its annual taxi inspection test on 10 August 2023.
The Sub-Committee were satisfied that the vehicle was in a good and sound condition and that public safety would not be compromised by the granting of the licence sought.
Accordingly, the Sub-Committee granted the 12 month Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence as detailed in the report subject to 6 monthly vehicle inspections due to the age of the vehicle.
The Sub-Committee gave consideration to a report presented by the Licensing Officer (previously circulated) in which determination was sought in respect of an application for a new Premises Licence for Parrs Country Store, Matford Home Farm, Matford, Exeter, EX2 8XT.
The Applicant attended the meeting and was permitted to speak. The Applicant answered questions put to him by the Sub-Committee.
Persons who had submitted representations also attended the meeting and were permitted to speak.
Arising from consideration of the report, evidence presented and in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 Statutory Guidance, and the Council’s Licensing Policy, it was moved by Councillor R Hayes and seconded by Councillor Peart, and
RESOLVED that the Application for a new Premises Licence in respect of Parrs Country Store, Matford Home Farm, Matford, Exeter, EX2 8XT be granted subject to the following two additional conditions:
· The supply of alcohol on/off the premises be allowed between the hours of 1000hrs to 2100hrs;
· the music level must not exceed 53db. Any decibel readings are to be taken from outside any window or door at the licensed premises when the same are shut. Readings to be taken from within 2 meters of the closed window or door.
Reasons for the decision:
The Sub-Committee heard that the licence for alcohol had been applied for to enable sales from the farm shop and for alcohol to be consumed whilst eating in the café and the Thai takeaway which both have small amounts of seating. The Applicant clarified that there was seating for approximately 20 people in the café and around 12 people outside the Thai takeaway. In total there are usually only around 25-30 people on the site at any one time although this could vary.
The Sub-Committee heard from the Applicant that the Designated Premises Supervisor was experienced and would be in charge of training all staff. They also heard that whilst there were no employed security staff, all current members of staff are very experienced and as such would be comfortable dealing with any issues that may arise.
The Applicant then clarified the current opening hours for the farm store are 8am-6pm. The café opened from 9am-3pm and the Thai takeaway opened at 3pm until 9/9.30pm.
The Sub-Committee then heard from the representative’s spokesperson who detailed the history of the site as a working farm and how its use had changed over the years to include other small businesses including the farm shop and café. They detailed their concerns about the proposed licence and the potential noise levels impacting on the neighbours living next door to the application site. The residents already have to deal with noise from close by hotels and were concerned additional noise levels from the application site would make it more difficult to enjoy their homes.
Those who had submitted representations also had concerns about the prevention of crime. There had recently been break ins and the residents were concerned the supply of alcohol and potential increase ... view the full minutes text for item 13.