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To receive the report of the Lead Licensing Officer

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The Chair opened the meeting, introducing the Licensing Sub-Committee Members.  He advised that the hearing had been convened to consider an application for a premises licence – Cornwall Event Hire.


The Councillors present declared they had no personal or prejudicial interests in the application.


The Lead Licensing Officer introduced all Officers present including Paul Butler, Police Licensing Officer, who was representing the Police as a Responsible Authority.  


The Chair asked the applicant to identify himself along with any representatives and witnesses.


The Chair asked the objectors to identify themselves.


The three objectors identified themselves confirming they all wished to speak, and their objection was personal.  


The Chair explained the procedure and purpose of the hearing.


The Lead Licensing Officer presented the report, the purpose of which was to provide the sub-Committee with information relating to an application for a premises licence for Cornwall Event Hire to enable the sub-Committee to determine the application.


The Chair thanked the Lead Licensing Officer for his report and asked the panel if they had any questions for the Lead Licensing Officer.


There were no questions from the panel.


The applicant and his representatives were invited to put forward their case.


Mr A Phillips addressed the panel advising that the location was within the agreed employment land area of the Winkleigh Neighbourhood Plan. He then proceeded to provide the sub-Committee with the history of the business and how it had developed over the years. Mr A Phillips continued to advise of the staff he employed, and work carried out during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Examples of how the business supports the local community, parish and events were given. Details of events they have supported at Westpoint and St James Park, Exeter were advised and how then had improved their venue in Crediton, from a nightclub to an established restaurant and accommodation. Mr A Phillips advised of SAG meetings he had attended and that it was the intention of the business to work with the authorities. Vehicle management was explained along with people management and nuisance. During the presentation of his case Mr A Phillips also identified family members who are employed as part of the business and specified their roles.


Following the mention of the event that was due to be held in December 2023 for Young Farmers, Councillor P Pennington declared a personal interest as his son is part of Tarka Young Farmers.  


Mr D Phillips addressed the sub-committee and gave an overview of the history of events he had helped to organise and licences he held. He detailed all the organisations that he is involved with, and positions gained.


Ms S Allen provided information on her and the management teams experience that contributed to the operation of Cornwall Event Hire and indicated how this experience helped to de-escalate any problematic issues.


The Chair asked the panel if they had any questions.


In response to queries from the panel regarding access, Mr A Philips provided details of the agreement already in place with DCC Highways  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.