Agenda and minutes

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No. Item


Election of Chair

Appointment of Chair for the Hearing



Councillor Lise Noakes was elected Chair.


Introductions and Procedures

The Chair to arrange introductions and explain the procedure to be followed for the Hearing



The Chair introduced the Members of the Sub Committee and officers in attendance and invited the Applicant and other parties to introduce themselves. The Chair explained the procedures that would be followed during the meeting which were also summarised in Appendix 7 to the report.


In addition to Members of the Sub-Committee and Council officers in attendance the following were present:


Neil Corbett representing the applicant, Gloucestershire County Council

Steve Elway, Aspire Trust, in support of the applicant


Mike Matthews, on behalf of local residents

Grace E Jones, on behalf of local residents


PC Liz Lovell, City Centre division

PC Matthew Hammond – Community Beat Officer


Lloyd Griffiths, Environmental Project Team Manager

Matt Cloke, Environmental Health Officer (Noise)






Declarations of Interest

To receive from Members, declarations of the existence of any disclosable pecuniary, or non-pecuniary, interests and the nature of those interests in relation to any agenda item. Please see Agenda Notes.



There were no declarations of interest.


Application under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 by Gloucestershire County Council in respect of Gloucester Old Sports Academy Playing Field, (Bishops College Site), Estcourt Close, Gloucester pdf icon PDF 11 MB

Report of the Corporate Director for Services and Neighbourhoods – to follow



The Licensing and Enforcement Officer presented a report outlining an application for a new premises licence made under section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 for Gloucester old Sports Academy Playing Field (Bishops College Site) GL1 3LR by Gloucestershire County Council. The application was for regulated entertainment.


Details of the application were set out in Appendix 1 to the report.


The Sub-Committee had also received the following documentation appended as part of the Licensing and Enforcement Officer’s report:


Plan showing layout of premises (Appendix 2)

Copy of representation from residents (Appendix 3)

Letter to residents/Notice of hearing (Appendix 4)

Plan showing location of representatives (Appendix 5)

Extract from Policy guidance on festivals (Appendix 6)

Procedure for Licensing Sub Committee (Appendix 7)


In presenting the report, the Licensing and Enforcement Officer drew attention to the letter of representation (signed by individuals) set out in pages 33 and 34 of the Agenda Pack, and also the officer’s letter of reply set out in pages 35, 36 and 37. The Licensing and Enforcement Officer also reported that one objector had withdrawn their representation.


Members were reminded that there duty was to consider the premises licence application for the Gloucester Academy (Bishop’s College site) playing field and the full range of activities covered by the licence application. It was not the intention to focus on the ‘Sport Beat’ Festival event for which the site was intended to be used along with the adjoining ‘Plock Court’ playing field which had already been granted a premises licence.


Members were advised that having considered the application, any relevant representations, the legislative provisions, the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy and the Home Secretary’s Guidance, they had the following options as considered appropriate to promote the Licensing Objectives.


(a)       To accept the application and attach conditions as consistent with the operating schedule.


(b)       To accept the application and modify the conditions of the licence which includes altering, omitting or adding new conditions.


(c)        To reject the whole, or part of the application.


The Sub-Committee was reminded of the City Council’s licensing objectives:-


(a)  The prevention of crime and disorder

(b)  Public safety

(c)  The prevention of public nuisance

(d)  The protection of children from harm

Questions to the Licensing and Enforcement Officer


There were no questions from the Applicant to the Officer.


Mr. Matthews, representing the Residents, referred to page 36 of the agenda pack and questioned whether the Licencing and Enforcement Officer had been involved in the preparation of strategies. The Licencing and Enforcement Manager commented that policies were evolved in partnership with Licencing Officers.


Mr. Matthews questioned whether the number of events to be held under the licence was to be limited to once a year. The Licensing and Enforcement Manager commented that the limitation of one event had been asked for by the applicant.


Mr. Matthews commented that the existing premises licence had a condition that stated “The music noise level shall not exceed 65dB (a) over a 15 minute period 15 metres from the façade  ...  view the full minutes text for item 41.