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Introductory remarks by the Chairman
The Chairman of the Panel will outline procedures to be adopted in relation to the conduct of the meeting and will introduce the Members of the Panel and other persons present.
The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and following introductions he set out the procedure that would be followed during the hearing.
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There were no declarations of interest.
The Antelope, Church Square, High Wycombe, HP11 2BN
The Panel considered an application under s.51 of the Licensing Act for a review of a premises licence in respect of The Antelope, Church Square, High Wycombe, HP11 2BN
Mr Brian Whittall, WDC Licensing Officer, outlined the case to the Panel as detailed in his report, and explained that the premises had operated as a public house within the town centre since 1795 and is a Grade 2 listed building.
An application was received in 2005 during the transition period which included a variation application to extend the licensable and terminal hour until 03:00 hours. The licence was granted in November 2005.
An application was made in 2006 for a premises licence due to substantial changes to the structure of the building (at this time, the Licensing Act did not allow for Minor Variations to be utilised for structural changes). Following representation, the licence was granted on 8 September 2006 with alcohol sales until 02:00 hours and regulated entertainment until 03:00 hours and the previous licence was surrendered.
In the intervening years, a number of applications have been received transferring the licence and appointing a new designated premises supervisor (DPS). In January 2015 the current DPS – Mark Adkins – was appointed onto the licence and he subsequently applied to transfer the licence into his name in March of the same year.
In July 2016, Mr Adkins applied to vary the premises licence to extend the times for licensable activities until 06:00 hours. Following a hearing, the application was granted with amended conditions as detailed in the decision notice.
Following discussions with Mr Stuart Goodbun, Technical Officer, WDC Environmental Health, in October 2018, a Minor Variation application was received to amend the licence conditions to include the following:
· An off-site limit of 48dBLeq15min shall be set (by Wycombe District Council) for all live and recorded music from the premises. This included both indoor and outdoor noise sources.
· The measurement position for this shall be the junction of Castle Street and Castle Place.
· This level shall be maintained by an internal limiting device installed into the amplification equipment of The Antelope. This limiting device shall remain under control of the premises at all times.
The application was granted and the current premises licence remained as issued on the 19 October 2018.
Mr Whittall explained some Enforcement history, as follows:
1. Advisory notice was issued on 7 June 2018 regarding noise complaints received by members of the public and the tone of advertising of events to be held at the premises.
2. 24 August 2018 – formal warning issued further to CCTV evidence which indicated a breach of the following licence condition:
"Entry to the premises shall be prohibited to the general public after 02:00 hours with the exception of staff and door staff from the premises and other local premises as detailed on a list to be agreed and approved by the Licensing officer prior to the licence being issued."
It was noted that the door staff member was ... view the full minutes text for item 43.