Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Monday, 2 March 2020 10.00 a.m.

Venue: District Council Chamber, South Lakeland House, Kendal

Contact: Committee Services 

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Election of Chairman

To elect a Chairman for the meeting.


RESOLVED – That Councillor Helen Ladhams be elected Chairman for the meeting.


Apologies and Reconstitution of Membership

To receive apologies for absence, if any, and to report any arising changes to membership.


Councillor Ian Wharton having tendered an apology for absence, Councillor Hazel Hodgson, as substitute Member, took his place on the Sub-Committee.


Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.


Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)


Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.


If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.


RESOLVED – That it be noted that no declarations of interest were raised.


Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items

To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.


RESOLVED – That it be noted that there are no excluded items on the agenda.



The Chairman will make introductions and read out the procedure for the meeting.


The Chairman made introductions and read out the procedures for the meeting.


Application for the Grant of a Premises Licence - Ambleside Masonic Lodge, The Hillard Rooms, Ambleside pdf icon PDF 237 KB

To consider an application for the Grant of a Premises Licence.

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The Licensing Specialist presented a report which requested consideration of an application for the grant of a premises licence in respect of the Ambleside Masonic Lodge in light of a representation that had been submitted by an interested party.


The Licensing Specialist addressed the Sub-Committee and drew Members’ attention to Sub-Section 1.17 of guidance issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003. He went on to outline details of the application that sought authorisation for the sale of alcohol and authorisation to play Live and Recorded music. He also highlighted that playing Live and Recorded music on an alcohol licensed premises were not licensable activities if they took place between 08:00 hours and 23:00 hours on any day and the audience was less than 500. The Licensing Specialist also referred to Appendices A and C to the report to further describe the details of the application and location of the premises.


The Licensing Specialist informed Members that the Ambleside Masonic Lodge currently held a Club Premises Certificate that authorised the supply of alcohol on the premises to members.


The Licensing Specialist explained that the application had been circulated to all of the Responsible Authorities and that none of them had submitted a relevant representation. He also explained that one representation had been received by an interested party which was at Appendix B to the report.


The Licensing Specialist referred to a number of sections of the Section 182 Guidance to the Licensing Act 2003.


Mr Paul Langley was invited to present the case on behalf of the applicant. Mr Langley began by illustrating the history of the Ambleside Masonic Lodge and informed the Sub-Committee that they had been meeting in the Hillard Rooms since 2001. He emphasised that the rooms were used for member-only events, and added that it was uncommon for there to be non-Member events held in the Hillard Rooms. He explained that the venue would not be open to the public, and very rarely had more than 35 people attending an event. He went on to highlight a number of other potential causes of public nuisance in the immediate vicinity of the Hillard Rooms. Mr Langley concluded his address by emphasising that the Ambleside Masonic Lodge had been meeting at the Hillard Rooms for nineteen years with no complaints in relation to public nuisance.


The Licensing Officer responded to questions raised by the Sub-Committee.


Mr Langley responded to questions raised by the Sub-Committee.


Ms Shelley Savasi, who had submitted the letter of representation, was invited to address the Sub-Committee. She began by expressing her sympathy with the Ambleside Masonic Lodge but informed Members that she was concerned that if the licence were to be granted, it would encourage larger and more regular events to cause noise after 23:00 hours. She emphasised her concern by highlighting that one of the entrances to the building was accessible over her land and that the courtyard itself had a number of residential properties backing on to it that could  ...  view the full minutes text for item LS/25