Agenda and minutes

South Hams Licensing Sub-Committee - Thursday, 22nd April, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: TEAMS Meeting

Contact: Email: [email protected] 

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Declaration of Interest

Members are invited to declare any personal or disclosable pecuniary interests, including the nature and extent of such interests; they may have in any items to be considered at this meeting;



Members and officers were invited to declare any interests in the items of business to be considered during the course of the meeting.  Cllr P Smerdon declared a personal interest in Ivybridge Rugby Club as he had used the facilities there in the past.  The Member remained in the meeting and took part in the debate thereon.




Application for a new Premises Licence at Ivybridge RFC Ltd, Ivybridge Rugby Club, Exeter Road, Ivybridge, PL21 0LR pdf icon PDF 541 KB

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Sub-Committee considered a report that sought to determine an application for a new premises licence at the Ivybridge Rugby Club, Exeter Road, Ivybridge, PL21 0LR


The Licensing Specialist introduced the report and outlined the details of the application (as stated in the application form at Appendix A, B, C, and D of the presented agenda report).  The Licensing Specialist clarified that the report should have read Friday and Saturday evenings not Saturday and Sunday evenings, as outlined in the attendant report.  The Specialist reminded the Sub-Committee that its decision had to be based upon the four licensing objectives.


1.         Address by the Applicant


In his address the applicant made specific reference to:


·           The set up at the Rugby Club, including terms of membership

·           Hours requested were for only when the building was hired out

·           Noise control was in place already and most events would be inside

·           When the building was hired out with a bar, bar staff would be on hand, building hire without a bar would have someone on site.

·           A safeguarding officer was required as part of RFU membership.

·           No extensions were requested for Fridays in term time as this night was reserved for children.



2.         Address by objectors


During the presentations by the objectors, the following points were raised:-


·           Concerns over underage drinking in the area

·           Potential increase in traffic to the Rugby Club

·           Noise levels would potentially increase

·           Mitigation may include limiting alcohol sales to on-site only and amplified music to be restricted in sound level


(The Sub Committee then adjourned, in the presence of the Lawyer, at 2:48 pm to consider the application and reconvened at 3:24pm.)



3.         The Decision


In announcing the Sub-Committee decision, the following statement was read:  


“We have considered the application for a new premises licence.


“We have considered the Statement of Licensing Policy, the government guidance and our obligations that relate to the promotion of the licensing objectives.


“We have read carefully the written representations from all parties and additional information provided to us today.


“It is our decision to grant this application subject to the following changes being incorporated into the operating schedule. We have determined the changes to be appropriate in order to achieve the licensing objectives:


1.   No sales of alcohol to be consumed off the premises

The reason we have decided upon this the concerns about people, particularly children congregating off the premises in the nearby vicinity. Thus contributing to the promotion of all four licensing objectives.


2. Sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises to be limited on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 11.30pm. This does not affect the special events listed in the application.

The reason for this is to promote the prevention of public nuisance licensing objective.


“The Council will publish its decision with reasons in writing and send to relevant parties within five working days.”