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Agenda and minutes

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Contact: John Turner, Democratic Services  Email: john.turner@sheffield.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

1.1

Apologies for absence were received from the Co-Chair (Councillor Andy Bainbridge) and Councillor Mick Rooney.

 

2.

Exclusion of Public and Press

To identify items where resolutions may be moved to exclude the press and public

Minutes:

2.1

No items were identified where resolutions may be moved to exclude the public and press.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Members to declare any interests they have in the business to be considered at the meeting

Minutes:

3.1

There were no declarations of interest.

 

4.

Licensing Act 2003 - The Regency Club (Formerly Players Lounge), 20 Yew Lane, Ecclesfield, Sheffield, S5 9AN

Report of the Chief Licensing Officer

Minutes:

4.1

The Chief Licensing Officer submitted a report to consider an application to vary a premises licence made under Section 37 of the Licensing Act 2003 in respect of the premises known as The Regency Club (formerly Players Lounge), 20 Yew Lane, Ecclesfield, Sheffield, S5 9AN (Ref No. 66/20).

 

 

4.2

Present at the meeting were Michelle Hazelwood (John Gaunt and Partners, Solicitors, for the Applicant), Samantha Bond (Legal Adviser to the Sub-Committee), Jayne Gough (Licensing Strategy and Policy Officer) and John Turner (Democratic Services).

 

 

4.3

Samantha Bond outlined the procedure which would be followed during the hearing.

 

 

4.4

Jayne Gough presented the report to the Sub-Committee, and it was noted that objections had been received from two local residents, and were attached at Appendix ‘C’ to the report.  The applicant had been invited to the meeting, but was not present.  The two residents had been invited to attend the meeting, but were not present.  Ms Gough further reported that during the consultation period, the applicant had agreed conditions with South Yorkshire Police, which were detailed in Appendix ‘D’ to the report.

 

 

4.5

Michelle Hazelwood referred to the additional information which had been circulated prior to the hearing, indicating that she had hand-delivered copies of the documents to the two objectors.  In respect of the case, she stated that whilst there had been issues with the premises some years ago, when operating as a sports bar and, subsequently, a snooker club, there had been no significant issues since 2013, and no concerns raised by South Yorkshire Police or the Environmental Protection Service.  Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the applicant had identified a gap in the market in the area for a fine food premises, and made plans to change the operation to a high-class Indian restaurant.  The applicant had noticed that whilst there were a number of hotels in the area, there was nowhere providing both a sophisticated dining experience, and that such a change provided a potential commercial opportunity.  Ms Hazelwood stated that half the premises would comprise an a la carte restaurant and the other half would comprise a more traditional, Indian restaurant with a buffet facility.  The initial bar area would become a meet and greet area for customers to use prior to entering the restaurant.  She stated that the main variation comprised a change to the layout of the premises, which would involve a significant reduction in the licensed area, and it was planned that one of the snooker rooms would be retained, and used for special events, mainly linked to the World Snooker Championships when being held in the City.  Ms Hazelwood stressed that neither of the objectors had raised any concerns regarding the proposed changes to the layout, and she briefly outlined the other variations to the premises licence which were set out in the report.  With regard to the objections, Ms Hazelwood confirmed that the applicant was not planning to remove any of the existing conditions relating to live music, Pubwatch and door supervisors  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Licensing Act 2003 - Application for a Premises Licence

Minutes:

5.1

RESOLVED: That this item of business, to consider an application for a premises licence (Case No.53/20) (Item 5 on the agenda), was withdrawn from consideration by the Sub-Committee following a request for an adjournment, by the applicant’s representative, on the grounds that the applicant had to go abroad following the death of his father.