Agenda, decisions and minutes

Bradford District Licensing Panel - Tuesday, 12th April, 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room 1 - City Hall, Bradford. View directions

Contact: Jill Bell/Jane Lythgow/Farzana Mughal 

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No disclosures of interest in matters under consideration were received.




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There were no appeals submitted by the public to review decisions to restrict documents. 




The Interim Assistant Director Waste, Fleet and Transport Services will present a report (Document “AC”) which outlines an application for the variation of a premises licence to extend permitted hours for the sale of alcohol for consumption on and off the premises at the Queens Hotel, 863 Thornton Road, Bradford BD8 0HH.


Members are invited to consider the information and documents referred to in Document “AC” and, after hearing interested parties, determine the related application.


(Melanie McGurk – 01274 431873)


Additional documents:


Resolved –


That having considered all valid representations made by the parties to the hearing; valid written representations received during the statutory period, the published statement of licensing policy and relevant statutory guidance; the panel grants the application, in part, and allows the variation of the licence for the sale of alcohol on and off the premises on Sunday 11.00 to 12.00 noon.  However, in light of the compelling evidence of persistent nuisance related to the premises the application for variation of the licence for the sale of alcohol on and off the premises and the extension of the opening hours on Friday and Saturday is refused.


Reason – it is considered that the above refusal is necessary to
minimise noise disturbance; to deter and ameliorate anti-social behaviour and protect children from harm – prevention of public nuisance and protection of children from harm objectives of the Licensing Act 2003.


ACTION: Interim Assistant Director Waste, Fleet & Transport Services




The Interim Assistant Director Waste, Fleet and Transport Services presented a report (Document “AC”) which outlined an application for the variation of a premises licence to extend permitted hours for the sale of alcohol for consumption on and off the premises at the Queens Hotel, 863 Thornton Road, Bradford.


The Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS), representing the applicant, addressed the meeting.  She explained that rationale for the application was to ensure that she could serve customers arriving at 11am on a Sunday morning who were part of the local football team which used the premises.  There had also been issues on Friday and Saturday nights when all customers left the premises when the permitted hours expired.  The application to extend those hours had been made to enable customers to remain the in the premises whilst taxis were ordered when necessary and not congregating outside of the premises and disturb local residents.  It was confirmed that except when there were parties or functions on the premises it was not intended to serve alcohol until 02.00am on a Friday or Saturday. 


In response to complaints about potential noise disturbance the DPS reported that she monitored the external areas of the building whilst music was played and that she had not witnessed noise disturbance.  It was explained that a shop located in the vicinity of the premises had a licence to sell alcohol for a 24-hour period and the noise from that shop was louder than any noise from her premises.


Members queried the location of the shop and the nature of other commercial properties close by and the DPS responded and also reported the proximity of residential properties.


A Member queried the intended operation of the licence and the times when the DPS would stop serving alcohol.  In response the DPS explained that the later hours requested would only be used for parties or other functions and on limited occasions.  On other occasions alcohol would not be served after 01.00am.  Customers could remain on the premises whilst waiting for taxis to collect them or they would leave the premises and walk home. The later terminal hour would allow the flow of customers leaving the premises to be staggered as opposed to the current arrangements which required all customers to leave the building at 12.30pm.  The premises stopped serving alcohol much earlier between Sunday and Thursday.


It was questioned if the restriction of the hours requested to 1am on a Friday and Saturday would affect the operation of the business and it was confirmed that, with the exception of parties, customers would have left by that time. 


It was questioned if music would be played after midnight and it was reported that karaoke and bands would all finish by 11pm.  The DPS would patrol the outside of the premises to ensure that music was not audible outside of the building. 


A Member queried what guarantees could be made, if the variation of the licence was allowed, that this would not attract a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.