Agenda, decisions and minutes

Bradford District Licensing Panel
Tuesday, 19th November, 2019 11.00 am

Venue: Committee Room 4 - City Hall, Bradford. View directions

Contact: Claire Tomenson 

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(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)


To receive disclosures of interests from members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.


An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.




(1)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.


(2)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 


(3)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.


(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.



No disclosures of interest in matters under consideration were received.




(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)


Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 


Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic Director or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 


If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 


Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 


(Jane Lythgow - 01274 432270)



There were no appeals submitted by the public to review decisions to restrict documents. 




The Interim Assistant Director Waste, Fleet and Transport Services will present a report (Document “J”) which outlines an application for variation of a Premises Licence authorising the sale of alcohol and the provision of regulated entertainment.


Members are invited to consider the information and documents referred to in Document “J” and, after hearing interested parties, determine the related application.


(Melanie McGurk – 01274 431873)


Additional documents:


The Interim Assistant Director Waste, Fleet and Transport Services presented a report (Document “J”) which outlined an application for variation of a Premises Licence authorising the sale of alcohol and the provision of regulated entertainment. 


The application had been made by the Thornton and Allerton Community Association and a representation of that association addressed the meeting.  He explained that the application was to vary the existing licence to modify the size and shape of the bar area; to de-licence the first floor of the premises and reduce the permitted hours of licensable activity.  The size of the bar would remain the same but it would be located on one floor only.  It was confirmed that the licence had been transferred from a previous tenant of the building to Allerton and Thornton Community Association.


The application had received one representation in opposition to the variation and the Panel questioned the reference, in that representation, to the “life and soul being taken out of the community”.  The resident making that representation was not present at the meeting and the representative of the community association was not clear what that statement had meant.  He maintained that the precedent of a bar in the South Square Centre was established; it functioned well and that the application was purely to vary the existing licence.


The Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) at the premises believed that the references made in the letter of representation referred to a licensed premise located much closer to the correspondents address.  That business was much larger than the Tap and Growler; it operated a beer garden and held large events.  The person who had made the representation lived at the rear of that premise.  The Tap and Growler was located 60 yards from that resident’s home. 


In response to questions about the location of the other licensed premise its location was depicted on a map of the area.  The configuration of the buildings in South Square and their proximity to residential properties was also explained. 


Following questions about the potential for customers to take drinks into South Square it was confirmed that, on occasions, customers would enjoy the facilities of the bar and café on the cobbles outside of the building.  The whole of the area was licensed but that practice was not encouraged as there were limited places to sit outside and the suitability of the weather restricted the times it would be practical.  Following discussions about the alignment of the buildings it was confirmed that the buildings all faced inwards towards the square and the cobbled area was confined.  South Square faced outwards towards a busy main road. 


The application included steps proposed to address the objectives of the Licensing Act and the difference between the Challenge 21 and Challenge 25 schemes were discussed.  It was confirmed that conditions on the existing licence included the requirement for a Challenge 25 scheme to be operated.  The DPS confirmed he wished that condition to remain. 


The Panel questioned the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.