Decision details

Premises Licence- Sandbox, 1 Quaker Street, E1 6BW

Decision Maker: Licensing Sub Committee B

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

The decision

 

The Licensing Sub-Committee in considering this decision from the information presented to it within the report and at the hearing of Monday 29th January 2024 has determined that having regard to the promotion of all the licensing objectives:

 

·  The prevention of crime and disorder;

·  Public safety;

·  Prevention of public nuisance; and

·  The protection of children from harm,

 

The application for a premises licence has been approved in accordance with the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy and the proposed conditions set out in paragraph 8.1 of the report as applied for with the following amendments agreed with the Applicant: 

 

? The hours for licensable activities, shall be, as agreed:

 

Supply of Alcohol (On and Off sales)

 

Monday to Sunday  11:00-22:30

 

(No off-sales other than in sealed containers)

 

Opening hours of the premises

 

Monday to Sunday  11:00-23:00

 

 

Amend Condition 23 to read as follows:

 

“There shall be up to 3 SIA door staff for each event and this shall be risk assessed. A copy of the risk assessment shall be kept on the premises and made available for inspection by the Police and authorised officers of other responsible authorities on request”.

 

And the following additional conditions to be added to the premises licence:

 

·  The Premises Licence shall be limited to six (6) events in any one calendar month with no carry over. In addition there shall be no more than 3 of 6 events that take place on Fridays and Saturdays in each calendar month.

 

·  The Premises Licence holder shall submit a Dispersal Policy to be approved by the Licensing Authority.

 

·  The Premises Licence holder shall submit a quarterly (at least every 3 months) Events Diary for both events in Hackney and Tower Hamlets to the and the Residents Associations (Shoreditch Community Association and SPIRE).

·  The Premises Licence holder shall maintain a dedicated contact telephone number and email address that must be available at all times to all local residents, the Environmental Health Officers, the Licensing Authority, the Police, and any responsible authority or any person wishing to make a complaint. These contact details shall be included on the website of the premises, and on display at the premises, which can be used to report concerns or complaints about the premises to a duty manager, a responsible person or a member of the management team at the premises as and when they occur.

·  The Licence holder shall hold and publicise 2 liaison meetings each year (at least every 6 months) with local residents and the Residents Associations (Shoreditch Community Association and SPIRE) to address any concerns or complaints about the premises from local residents to prevent public nuisance.

 

 

Reasons for the decision

 

The application for a premises licence has been approved because the Licensing Sub-committee was satisfied that the licensing objectives would not be undermined.

 

The Sub-committee took into account that the Metropolitan Police Service and the Licensing Authority withdrew their representations after agreeing conditions and reduced hours with the Applicant.

 

The Sub-committee took into consideration that Other Persons (local residents represented by 2 Residents Associations: the Shoreditch Community Association and SPIRE) in the Shoreditch area maintained their objections to the application due to anti-social behaviour, noise nuisance and the negative cumulative impact on the area. 

 

The Sub-committee took into consideration that the Applicant amended their application by reducing the hours to core hours and that the alcohol sales were for on sales, mainly except where there are tasting events, and promotions where off sales would be sold in sealed containers to guests.

 

The Sub-committee took into consideration that the premises would not be open to the public to walk in; it would be for invited guests to the events at the premises i.e. small exhibitions, arts and crafts, and community led events. The Sub-committee noted that the expectation was that not all events would be alcohol led.

 

The Sub-committee took into consideration that the premises was not set up with a permanent bar, because it would need to be a blank canvas for whatever project and event that was due to take place. The Sub-committee noted that there would be no draft beer or other permanent fixtures at the premises associated with a bar or pub.

 

The Sub-committee took into account representations from the Applicant and their representative that there would be people queuing for a short period while security checks are being carried out, and checking guests into the event.The Sub-committee noted that these events are planned months in advance. The Applicant and his representative contended that the premises is not a destination, venue, and invited guests would not be expected to hang around the premises after the event ends.

 

The Sub-committee took into account representations from the Applicant and his representative that the Applicant is keeping the area secure and clean, and they do not feel that the events would add to the cumulative impact, but would benefit the area. The Sub-committee took into consideration the Applicants community efforts. The Sub-committee noted that the Applicant was cleaning the streets close to the premises, and that the Applicant offered to pay for urinals in Braithwaite Street.

 

The Sub-committee took into consideration that one of the representatives of the  Residents Associations decided to compromise on the number of events to be held to 6 events per month instead of operating up to seven days a week. This compromise was reached because it was noted that there are 6 years remaining for the Applicant’s Lease on the premises, and this short lease period would help reduce the cumulative impact on the area in the future.

 

The Sub-committee took into consideration that the hours were reduced to within core hours, that the capacity of the premises was likely to be modest, and was expected to have about 30 guests on average at each event. The Sub-committee took into account that the Applicant agreed to provide a dispersal policy, the events would be risk assessed and that the Applicant wanted to engage with local residents by having meetings at least every six months to deal with any issues arising at the premises, in particular noise nuisance.

 

The Sub-committee took into account that there had been four temporary events held previously at the premises without incident or complaints.

 

Having taken all of the above factors into consideration the Licensing Sub-committee was satisfied that this application could be approved without the licensing objectives being undermined.

 

Public Informatives:

 

1.  The Premises Licence Holder is advised as part of the rigorous monitoring and checking that all staff are to be well trained, and to undertake the required training including WAVE training, training for vulnerable persons and other training offered by the Council’s Hackney Nights portal as part of the Hackney Nights accredited training scheme.

 

2.  The Premises Licence holder is encouraged to engage in meaningful dialogue with the local residents and the Residents Associations (Shoreditch Community Association and SPIRE) to resolve any issues relating to the premises, and for the Premises Licence holder to play their part in reducing any negative impacts from the premises to prevent public nuisance and disturbance to local residents.

 

3.  The Premises Licence holder is encouraged to continue working with the Responsible Authorities (the Police, the Licensing Authority and the Environmental Protection Team) to resolve any issues relating to the premises such as dispersal and noise nuisance from the premises to prevent public nuisance.

 

4.  The Premises Licence holder is encouraged to provide adequate toilet provision to prevent guests urinating in the street.

 

5.  The Premises Licence Holder is encouraged to commission an acoustic assessment.

 

6.  The Premises Licence holder is strongly encouraged to use sustainable cutlery, plates, cups, food containers, and recyclable materials to avoid using single-use plastic to prevent litter, and to protect the environment. 

 

Publication date: 06/02/2024

Date of decision: 29/01/2024

Decided at meeting: 29/01/2024 - Licensing Sub Committee B

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