Meeting Details

Licensing Sub-Committee
5 Jul 2021 - 14:00
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Meeting Details
Pool Membership
Pool Membership

Councillor Janet Craig

Councillor John Fisher

Councillor Tony Goldson

Councillor Paul Ashdown (Reserve)


Members are invited to a Meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee

to be held in the Conference Room, Riverside,

on Monday, 5 July 2021 at 2:00pm


In order to comply with coronavirus regulations and guidance, the number of people at this meeting will have to be restricted to only those whose attendance is reasonably necessary. 


Ordinarily, East Suffolk Council encourages members of the public to attend its meetings but on this occasion would encourage the public to watch the livestream, via the East Suffolk Council YouTube channel instead at


If you do believe it is necessary for you to be in attendance we encourage you to notify Democratic Services, by email to, of your intention to do so no later than 12 noon on the working day before the meeting so that the meeting can be managed in a COVID secure way and the Team can endeavour to accommodate you and advise of the necessary health and safety precautions.  


However, we are not able to guarantee you a space/seat and you are advised that it may be that, regrettably, we are not able to admit you to the meeting room.

Part One - Open To The Public
1 Election of a Chairman

To elect a Chairman for the meeting

Councillor Goldson was nominated by Councillor Craig to be Chairman of this Meeting of the Sub-Committee. The nomination was seconded by Councillor Fisher. There were no other nominations. Councillor Goldson was duly elected as Chairman.
2 Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence, if any.

There were no apologies for absence.
3 Declarations of Interest

Members and Officers are invited to make any declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary or Local Non-Pecuniary Interests that they may have in relation to items on the Agenda and are also reminded to make any declarations at any stage during the Meeting if it becomes apparent that this may be required when a particular item or issue is considered.

There were no declarations of interest.
4 Declarations of Lobbying and Responses to Lobbying
To receive any Declarations of Lobbying in respect of any item on the agenda and also declarations of any response to that lobbying.  
There were no declarations of lobbying.
Report of the Acting Legal and Licensing Services Manager

The Chairman invited all those present to introduce themselves and  all parties confirmed
they had received the formal report.

The Chairman asked the Licensing Officer if there had been any additional documentary evidence. The Licensing Officer confirmed that all information provided by the applicant was included with the report.

The Sub-Committee received report ES/0822 of the Acting Legal and Licensing Services 
Manager. The Chairman invited the Licensing Officer to summarise the report. 


The Licensing Officer stated that an application had been made for a new premises licence for YouDrink, 14 Portsch Close, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, NR33 8TY. 


The reason for this hearing, she advised, was that three relevant representations were made within the required 28-day statutory period. These representations were against the application. The applicant was provided with a copy of the representations.


During discussions between the applicant and the objectors, the Licensing Officer stated, the applicant suggested amendments to the proposed times and conditions on the application. These proposed amendments were attached as Appendix C to the report. These amendments had been applied to the application and this satisfied one of the objectors and therefore, their representation was withdrawn leaving two relevant representations. The two remaining representations were attached as Appendix B to the report. As these representations were not withdrawn, this hearing was still required.

The report identified a number of other points for the Sub-Committee to consider. These were the guidance issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003; the Council’s current Statement of Licensing Policy; and the Human Rights Act 1998.


If the Sub-Committee had reason to depart from these it was asked to give full reasons for doing so.


The Sub-Committee was asked to determine this application by either granting the application subject to any mandatory conditions and to those consistent with the application; granting the application subject to the same conditions but modified to such extent as the Sub-Committee considered appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives; or by rejecting the application.

Depending on the decision of the Sub-Committee, the Licensing Officer advised, both the applicant and the other parties that had made representations had rights of appeal to the Magistrates Court. When announcing its decision, the Sub-Committee was asked to state its reasons.


The Chairman invited questions to the Licensing Officer from the Sub-Committee.

There being no questions from the Sub-Committee, the Chairman invited questions from the applicant. 

There being no questions from the applicant, the Chairman invited questions from those making representation. 

There being no questions from those making a representation, the Chairman invited questions from the Legal Advisor; again there were none.    


At the invitation of  the Chairman, the applicant outlined his case, he reported that his business idea was to set up a real ale and  craft beer delivery service, to showcase what East Anglia had to offer in this area.  Mr S reported that his wish was to use the garage at the premises for off-site sales only; after receiving a few objections to his original plans and gaining an understanding of the licensing requirements he had taken those on board and had changed the hours of working.  Referring to local breweries being involved, Mr S advised that the amount of traffic would be minimal and he added that he would be happy to only receive five deliveries per week.  He added that having spoken with most of the suppliers they used small vans for deliveries, not lorries. Referring to the hours of deliveries, between 9am and 5pm, Mr S advised that he would only be looking to leave the premises once per day for deliveries which would mean that he would  not be adding significantly to traffic congestion.  Mr S also reported that he would not allow collections from the site. Referring to noise from the garage related to picking and packing, Mr S  referred to the hours of work not allowing any noise after 5pm in the evening. 


The Chairman invited questions from the Sub-Committee to the applicant.


A member of the Sub-Committee referred to noise from opening and closing  the garage doors, and van doors, and asked if the goods would be placed in the vehicle prior to 5pm.  Mr S, in response, advised that it was his belief that his vehicle would need to be loaded and he would have to leave the premises by 5pm.  The Licensing Officer provided clarification in that packing would need to be complete by 5pm, but deliveries from the premises could take place after 5.00 pm. 


In response to a further question regarding the  types of vehicles that would arrive at the site, Mr S believed that they  would be no different from an Amazon, supermarket delivery etc, ie small vans.


In response to a further question regarding frequency, and also frequency if the business grew in size, Mr  S reported that it would only be a maximum of five per week.


In response to a further question regarding how often Mr S would make deliveries, he confirmed that it would only be twice per week.


The Chairman invited questions to the applicant from the Legal Advisor, who  firstly asked for an assurance that HGV vehicles would not be used.  Mr S again referred to conversations with the suppliers, who had confirmed that they did not use HGVs.  He referred to one supplier, who did have an HGV, but  he advised that this supplier had been  advised that he would not be able to use the HGV to make deliveries.


The Legal Advisor referred to the local area and asked Mr S if  he had made enquiries as to what percentage of properties were occupied by families with young children. Mr S advised that he could not answer that question although he was aware that one of the objectors did have a young  family.


The Chairman invited questions to the applicant from Mr Seaman, the Environmental Health Officer, who asked for clarification in respect of the business model; he referred to the business having licensing hours from 9am to 5pm seven days a week, 365 days a year, and those licensing hours covering pick and pack only. He then referred to there being no customers visiting the site for off-sales, and this was confirmed by Mr S. 


Mr Seaman then referred to emails between himself and Mr S relating to orders being taken to the bay and loading  the van once to make those deliveries and  asked if that was still the case; Mr S confirmed that it was his intention to leave the premises once per day.  Mr Seaman referred to what he perceived as contradictions relating to the number of deliveries, once per day / twice per week.  Mr S confirmed that if the business was to grow it would entail leaving the site once per day; at the moment, it would be limited to twice per week. 


The Chairman invited the Licensing Officer to sum up; she confirmed that she had nothing further to add.  


The Chairman invited the applicant to sum up.  Mr S stated that  he understood the concerns raised by Mr Seaman but he gave an assurance that he would comply with the licensing requirements; he also advised that should the business grow as he hoped, it was his intention to move the business to a different  location. 


At this point the  Sub-Committee adjourned, with the Legal Advisor and the Democratic Services Manager, to make its decision; on its return, the Chairman read out the Sub-Committee's decision.




"Mr T Sutton, of You Drink, has applied for a premises licence at 14 Portsch Close, Carlton Colville. 
This Sub-Committee meeting has been held as two representations were received against the application (one from a Councillor and one from the Council’s Environmental Protection Team), which is a statutory consultee.    


In arriving at this decision, the Licensing Sub-Committee has considered the Licensing Officer’s report, and oral representations, from the applicant and the Environmental Protection Officer. 
The Sub-Committee first heard from the Licensing Officer, who  summarised her report.   


The Sub-Committee then heard from the applicant, who indicated that following the representations that had been made he had agreed to a limit on the time of the licensable activities (sale of alcohol off-sales) from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Sunday.  He had also made enquiries with his suppliers who assured him that no heavy goods vehicles would be used to make deliveries and that he proposes to limit deliveries from suppliers to five per week and that he himself would only be making deliveries once per day, and that he will currently be using a motor car to carry out his deliveries.  He acknowledged that he did not know the exact number of young families and children living on the cul-de-sac.  He also indicated that members of the public would not be able to visit the site to make purchase and the business would be delivery only.  


The interested party indicated that they did not consider the site to be suitable as this was a quiet residential area which was densely populated and not suitable for a business of this kind, especially if business went well; however, if the Licensing Sub-Committee was minded to grant the application he would request strict controls over the type of vehicles operating to and from the site.  

The Licensing Sub-Committee also considered the Licensing Act 2003, the need to promote the four licensing objectives, the Secretary of State’s Section 182 Guidance on the Licensing Act 2003, and East Suffolk Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy. 


The Sub-Committee’s decision 


After considering the application, and the representations, both written and oral, and having considered the need to promote the four Licensing objectives, and the Secretary of State’s Guidance, and East Suffolk Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy, the Sub-Committee has decided to grant the premises licence, subject to the following conditions:-


1. No heavy goods vehicles or vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes are to be used in connection with any licensable activities.
2. No more than five deliveries to the premises per week to take place in connection with the licensable activities, and no deliveries in connection with licensable activities is to take place except between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm Monday to Friday. 
3. No alcohol is to leave the premises in connection with the licensable activities, except between 9.00 am and 7.00 pm Monday to Sunday, and limited to once per day.  
4. Such other conditions as stated within the Premises License Application (as varied).    
Any person aggrieved by the granting of this licence may, within 21 days of the date of this Notice, appeal to the Magistrates’ Court. Any person can make an application to the licensing authority for a review of the premises licence if they believe the licensing objectives have been compromised by the applicant at any time. 

The granting of this premises licence does not in any way pre-determine any planning application and does not over-ride any planning legislation, and the applicant is reminded that any planning permission must be adhered to, unless and until it is amended to reflect the conditions attached to this licence.   


5 July 2021"

Part Two - Confidential

There are no Exempt or Confidential items for this Agenda.

Declarations of Interests

Member NameItem Ref.DetailsNature of DeclarationAction
No declarations of interest have been entered for this meeting.


Officers present: Sarah Carter (Democratic Services Officer), Martin Clarke (Acting Legal and Licensing Services Manager), Karen Cook (Democratic Services Manager), Leonie Hoult (Licensing Officer), Matt Makin (Democratic Services Officer), Mark Seaman (Environmental Protection Officer)

Others present: Thomas Sutton (Applicant)