Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee B - Thursday, 9th January, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming

Contact: Kimberly Soane  Democratic Services officer

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To elect a Chairman for the Sub-Committee B meeting.


Councillor Michael Goodridge was elected as Chairman for the meeting.



To receive and Disclosure of Interests for this meeting.


There were no disclosures of interests declared for the meeting.



The Sub-Committee to consider an application for a variation to the Club Certificate  of the Godalming Navy Club, Meadrow under section 84 of the Licensing Act 2003, Godalming, Surrey GU7 3HY made by Adrian Price Solicitors on behalf of the Naval Club. Six relevant representations’ have been received from ‘other persons’.




1.         It is recommended that the Sub-Committee considers the application and evidence of all parties involved at the hearing and then determines the steps it considers appropriate to promote the licensing objectives.


2.         Members must determine the application in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003 (Hearings) Regulations 2005.


3.         The Sub-Committee should take such steps as it considers appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives.


4.         Once determined, the licensing authority must provide notification of the decision including its reasons to the applicant, any person who has made relevant representations and the Chief Officer of Police for the area in which the premises is situated.



·         Please note Revised Appendix 3, email from Naval Club and Navel Club Rules added since meeting held on 19/12/2019.

Additional documents:


The Committee received a report for a variation of certificate for the Naval Club, Meadrow, Godalming, GU7 3HY, where six objections had been received.


Two representatives were present to outline their proposals.  There were 8 neighbours of the club present to make representation of objections. There concerns were mainly in relation to anti-social behaviour and noise.


The applicant confirmed they were looking to extend their opening hours to 8am in the morning and extending by half an hour on a Friday and Saturday night.  This was more for when there were international sporting events on so they did not have to apply for TEN’s.


Concern was raised by the objectors that although the current management were not aiming to open from 8am to 11pm (12:30 on a Friday/Saturday) as a norm, if this application was agreed a future management could decide to do so.  Paul Hughes advised that it was possible to add a condition to the licence instead allowing the club to open for these type of events as an exception.  The applicant agreed to keep their current opening hours and licensable activities subject to the committee considering the suggested condition.


The objectors also raised concern about club members drinking and making noise outside the building late at night.  It was suggested this could be reduced by not allowing drinking outside after a certain time, thus reducing the attraction to stay outside.


Another issue raised was staff putting the glass into the recycling bin outside after closing and causing a nuisance with the noise.  The applicant agreed to address this with the staff.


Following the conclusion of questions the Sub-Committee withdrew at 11:04 to consider the application.  The Sub-Committee reconvened at 12:06 and the Council’s Solicitor confirmed they had been asked to advise the Sub-Committee during their deliberations on the wording of their decision which was as follows:


The Sub-Committee carefully considered the application for a variation to the club premises licence, taking into account the representation(s) received, statutory guidance and the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy August 2018 to July 2023.


The Sub-Committee noted that there were no representations made from responsible authorities.  The Sub-Committee noted the concessions made by the applicants to address the concerns raised as part of the application process and had received the email dated 23 December 2019 (circulated to all parties)


During the discussions in the meeting the applicant agreed that the opening hours and licensable activities shall remain the same as the current licensing premises certificate, subject to the committee considering a condition for international sporting events to suit their purpose, and that all other conditions set out in the schedule shall be attached to the new licence.


The Sub-Committee noted the issues raised by nearby residents whom made representations and felt it was reasonable and proportionate to add the conditions set out below to address those concerns and to promote the licensing objectives.


The Sub- Committee agreed to the amended variation application subject to the following conditions:

        In the event  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.



To consider any legal advice relating to any applications in the agenda.


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