To consider an application for a premises licence in respect of Lakeland Farm Visitors Centre, Ings.
The Licensing Specialist presented a report which requested consideration of an application to vary a premises licence in respect of Lakeland Farm Visitors Centre, Ings. The premises was situated on the edge of the small village of Ings (a map overview of the premises was available at Appendix C). The application sought authorisation for the supply of alcohol (on and off the premises) Monday to Saturday from 10.00 hours to 23.00 hours and on Sunday from 10:00 hours to 22:00 hours. For awareness, the Licensing Specialist highlighted to Members that Section E Live Music and Section F Recorded Music were also completed within the submission. However, timings sought were within deregulated hours so neither activity should be included within the decision making process of the Sub-Committee.
The Licensing Specialist brought to Members’ attention that none of the responsible authorities made any representations in relation to the application. The representations made by the interested parties as outlined within Appendix B of the report related to the Prevention of Crime and Disorder and Public Nuisance. The Specialist drew Members’ attention to s.182 Guidance of the Licensing Act 2003 as outlined within the report.
Isaac Benson, the joint applicant, presented his case. He informed Members that the business had been open for over 2 and a half years and the reason for the diversification was to add value to the farm business which already operated a butcher’s shop and farm kitchen. The restaurant had been open for between 8 to 9 months before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
The applicant highlighted to Members that the beef produced by the farm was served as steak on the menu within the restaurant. However, the choice of steak was not in demand through the day by customers. Therefore the applicants established that there was a market for steak nights. The applicant clarified that there were no representations made against any of the previous Temporary Event Notice (TEN) applications made for steak evenings. The applicant did highlight that there were a few challenges in relation to receiving responses back from the TENs therefore they were advised to apply for a premises licence which was the application Members were considering.
Following questions from Members the applicant clarified that the application for the premises to sell alcohol was to compliment the food already being served and that all alcohol would be served with a meal. He further clarified to Members that the premises was marketed for pre-bookings only and table service.
Members also sought clarification on the off sales element of the application. The applicant explained that off sales would only take place in the farm shop on site where local gins and alcohol were sold. The farm shop would not be open during the extended hours. The applicant clarified to Members that the premises would play indoor and background music only.
Members drew attention to the representation that related to access of the site. The applicant clarified that 50 meters from the site there was a public highway. ... view the full minutes text for item 24