Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee - Tuesday, 29th November, 2022 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. View directions

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Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 29 September 2022 as an accurate record.



The minutes of the meeting held on 26 September 2022 were agreed as an accurate record.



Minutes of previous Licensing Sub-Committee Meetings pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To agree the minutes of the Licensing Sub-Committees meetings held on:

·       1 September 2022;

·       9 September 2022; and,

·       23 September 2022 as accurate records.

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The minutes of Licensing Sub-Committee hearings on 1 September 2022, 9 September 2022, and 23 September 2022 were greed as accurate records.


Disclosure of Interests

Members are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) they may have in relation to any item(s) of business on today’s agenda.


There were no disclosures of interests.



Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.




There were no items of urgent business.



Licensing Act 2003 - Review of the London Borough of Croydon Statement of Licensing Policy and Cumulative Impact Areas within the London Borough of Croydon Statement of Licensing Policy pdf icon PDF 170 KB

This report details the consultation undertaken as part of the review of the London Borough of Croydon Statement of Licensing Policy and Cumulative Impact Areas within it, and seeks a recommendation to full Council for adoption of the revised policy.

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Michael Goddard, Head of Environmental Health, Trading Standards, and Licensing, introduced the report to members. In response to members’ questions, Mr Goddard explained that applications for premises licenses only came to the sub-committee when relevant representations against the applications had been made. It was explained that, even if a premises applying for a licence under the Licensing Act was within a Cumulative Impact Area (CIA), the legislation and statutory guidance  took precedence over the Statement of Licensing Policy, and that the Policy and designation of CIAs should not be used as blunt tools for refusing applications. They were intended to be used as an extra layer of support to the sub committee with their decision making and in the case of appeals over decisions not to grant licences.


Mr Goddard explained that the concept of a CIA was not to identify individual premises that could be causing negative impact on the licensing objectives in a location, but to identify whether the existence of multiple licensed premises had a collective negative impact on a location. Therefore, premises could not be refused licenses based on being located with a CIA. If the density of any type of licenced premises was felt to be compromising the licensing objectives members may find it appropriate to implement a CIA.

Members requested more information on what negative impacts had been identified in the Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA), and how the Policy had sought to mitigate those. Officers explained that no changes had been made to the Policy based on the EqIA. A member asked for details as to what the mitigation was in relation to any negative impacts in relation to protected characteristics which had arisen as a result of the initial EqIA. (a second member indicated – as a general comment about the information in the Equalities section in reports generally – that they did not always include all the information which members might like). The officer explained that the Equalities section had been signed off by the Equalities Team having regard to the initial EqIA and the policy had to comply with statutory requirements and statutory guidance and that the proposals were in line with these. The proposed policy applied to premises and their operation rather than to individuals and individual conduct. The mitigation identified in the initial EqIA in relation to potential negative impacts was that to deal with/mitigate risk, licensed premises that were associated with crime and disorder could be dealt with by licence review or prosecution which were mechanisms provided for.


The Chair suggested that committee members could make ward councillors aware if an application was submitted in one of their wards if there was a CIA in place there.

The Chair MOVED the recommendations which were SECONDED by Councillor Christopher Herman. Councillor Ria Patel voted against the recommendations. Councillors Kola Agboola and Richard Chatterjee did not vote*.



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