To consider an application for a premises licence.
Note - The Licensing Officer informed the Sub-Committee that additional information in respect of the application had been submitted. The additional information was circulated to the Sub-Committee, the Applicant and interested parties in attendance and in order to give sufficient time to consider its contents the meeting was adjourned at 2:34 p.m. for a period of 30 minutes.
The meeting was reconvened at 3:04 p.m. when the same Sub-Committee Members were present.
The Licensing Officer presented a report which requested consideration of an application for a premises licence in respect of Linthwaite House Hotel, Crook Road, Windermere, in light of representations which had been submitted by interested parties.
The Environmental Health Officer addressed the Sub-Committee and outlined his representation which had been included within the late information circulated. He referred to the noise management plan, submitted by the applicant, and stated that in consideration of the noise management plan, in conjunction with a recent site visit and discussion with the General Manager of Linthwaite House Hotel, he had no concerns with the submitted noise management plan and concluded that it demonstrated an adequate noise management intention.
The Licensing Officer responded to questions raised by Sub-Committee Members and stated that it was incredibly common for a premises to hold a 24 hour licence but that it was not necessary to operate these hours. Furthermore, in response to a question from an interested party, the Licensing Officer clarified that it was standard practice for a premises application to be submitted prior to the submission of a planning application and the Environmental Health Officer confirmed that South Lakeland District Council’s Environmental Protection Department would monitor the premises and its compliance with any recommended conditions.
Lorna Johnson, General Manager of The Oaks Country Estate, addressed the Sub-Committee on behalf of Russell Adams. She informed the Sub-Committee that The Oaks Country Estate had no objection regarding the use of the building, but that they wished to propose a middle ground on the end times of “noise-generated activities.” She explained that the proposed building neighboured the boundary of The Oaks Country Estate’s land and that they had concerns over potential noise disruption. Ms Johnson then cited her extensive experience in organising and managing wedding events and informed the Sub-Committee that in her experience, wedding parties would create excessive noise regardless of the size of the party and could prove difficult to manage, particularly where alcohol was involved. Furthermore, she went on to suggest that there could be a reasonable time agreed at which wedding parties would move back up to the hotel and continue their celebrations, which would mean that noise disruption would be limited and controlled. Ms Johnson stated that this would be greatly appreciated by The Oaks Country Estate as it would prevent noise disruption to any guests staying on their properties. In concluding her address, Ms Johnson reaffirmed The Oaks Country Estate’s support of the use of building and wished Linthwaite House Hotel good luck.
Dianne Hewitt, local resident, addressed the Sub-Committee. She ... view the full minutes text for item 6