Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee
Monday, 15th February, 2021 10.00 am

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Apologies for Absence


All Members were present.


Declarations of interest in matters coming before this meeting




To confirm that the items of business marked Part I will be considered in Public and items marked Part II will be considered in Private


It was confirmed that all items would be considered in public.


Matters that have been notified in advance or urgent




Application for the grant of a Premises Licence - COCO Leisure Ltd, 35A Green Lane, Northwood, HA6 2PX pdf icon PDF 116 KB

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It was noted that written representations had been received from Reverend Ann Lynes of Holy Trinity Church, Northwood; although she was unable to attend the hearing.




Jhini Mukherjee, Licensing Officer, introduced the application for the grant of a new premises licence for a bar/restaurant in respect of COCO Leisure Ltd, 35A Green Lane, Northwood, HA6 2PX. Members were informed that the site was on Northwood High Street surrounded by premises of mixed retail and residential use.


It was noted that the previous premises licence, shown as Appendix 9 to the officer’s report, had lapsed in August 2020 when the parent company, Azzuri Restaurants Limited, went into administration. It was further noted that the application before Members was for similar terms to the previous licence regarding licensable activities such as: late night refreshment, sale of alcohol and the playing of recorded music and provision of dance. However, the application sought additional hours to the timings of these licensable activities.


The Sub-Committee noted the four representations which had been received from the Licensing Authority, Mr Trevor Sherling on behalf of the Northwood Residents’ Association, local resident Mr John Dolling and the Vicar of Holy Trinity Church Northwood Reverend Ann Lynes. Ward Councillors Carol Melvin and Scott Seaman-Digby had also emailed in support of the objections made.


It was highlighted that the officer’s recommendation was to grant the licence with the additional conditions set out in the Licensing Authority’s representation, shown as Appendix 2 to the officer’s report.




The Licence Holder’s representative, Mr Puthrasingam Sivashankar, addressed the Sub-Committee. It was highlighted that, after considering the representations made by the responsible authorities and other interested parties, the applicant had agreed to amend the proposed hours for licensable activities as listed on page four of the officer’s report. The following changes to licensable activities were proposed for Sundays through Thursdays:


  • Sale of Alcohol – 10:00 to 00:00
  • Regulated Entertainment – 23:00 to 00:30
  • Late Night Refreshment – 23:00 to 00:30
  • Premises to close at 00:30


No amendments were made to the hours applied for in the original application with regard to Fridays and Saturdays.


Members’ attention was drawn to the addendum, the Sub-Committee were notified that the applicant was minded to agree to the prospective conditions set out in the Licensing Authority’s representation, with exception to condition two that “The supply of alcohol shall be by waiter or waitress service only”. It was deemed that, if the condition were to be applied and with the provision of dancing as listed in the licensable activities, there may be patrons who order their drinks at the bar which would breach the condition. The Licensee did not want to open themself up to criminal prosecution.


A query was raised as to the justification for the proposed 03:00 hours closing time of the premises on Fridays and Saturdays. It was noted that in the application, licensable activities would cease at 02:00 hours, this would allow for sufficient drinking up time and would alleviate potential public  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20.