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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: To be held at the Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield, S1 2HH

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Apologies for Absence

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There were no apologies for absence. Councillor Ruth Milsom attended the meeting as a reserve Member, but was not required to stay.




Exclusion of Public and Press

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

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




Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 129 KB

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

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There were no declarations of interest.




Licensing Act 2003 - The Devonshire Cat, 49 Wellington Street, Sheffield, S1 4HG pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Report of the Chief Licensing Officer

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The Chief Licensing Officer submitted a report on an application made under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 for the grant of a premises licence in respect of the premises known as The Devonshire Cat, 49 Wellington Street, Sheffield S1 4HG (Ref No. 74/22).




Present at the meeting were Liaquat Khan (Applicant), Tim Shields (John Gaunt and Partners, Solicitors) (for the applicant), Peter Sephton (Chair, ChangingSheff), Jayne Gough (Licensing Strategy and Policy Officer), Samantha Bond (Legal Adviser to the Sub-Committee) and John Turner (Democratic Services).




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




Jayne Gough presented the report to the Sub-Committee, and it was noted that representations had been received from Peter Sephton, a local resident, on behalf of ChangingSheff, and were set out at Appendix “C” to the report. Ms Gough added that representations had also been received from South Yorkshire Police, but had subsequently been withdrawn following the agreement of a number of conditions with the applicant, which were set out at Appendix “B” to the report.




With the approval of Mr Shields and the Sub-Committee, Peter Sephton circulated photographs of the premises and surrounding buildings, and stated that, as part of the development works currently taking place in the city centre, there were currently around 25,000 people living within the inner-ring road. Also, with further approval, he circulated a Changing Sheff information leaflet. Whilst ChangingSheff, the representative group for city centre residents, welcomed the development, and considered the city centre a great place to live, it considered that there was now an onus on the Council to listen to the concerns of local residents who were being adversely affected by noise nuisance in the early hours of the morning. Mr Sephton stated that the premises were surrounded by residential accommodation, and for this reason, he believed that they should not be allowed to open until 03:00 hours. Whilst he accepted that the premises had been allowed to open until 03:00 hours under the terms of the previous licence, which had since lapsed, this was a new application, and the circumstances, mainly relating to the increase in the city centre population, had changed. He stated that, as well as the existing residential accommodation surrounding the premises, Kangaroo Works, a new 364 apartment block, situated close by, was due to open later in 2022. Mr Sephton concluded by requesting the Council to consider implementing new licensing criteria regarding the night-time economy, given the large increase in the number of residents now living in the city centre.




In response to questions from Members of, and the legal adviser to, the Sub-Committee, and Tim Shields, Mr Sephton stated that whilst he accepted that the premises had opened until 03:00 hours under the previous licence, he considered that due to the increase in the number of residents in the surrounding area, there was now a need to consider the opening hours of such premises. He believed that 12:00 hours would be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.