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Contact: Committee Section
Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs
Leslie Hoskins (Cllr Meade substituted), Baljit Hayre and Leslie
To sign the minutes of the previous meeting PDF 228 KB
The minutes of the meeting of the Licensing
Committee held on Monday, 05 September 2022 were agreed and signed
by the Chair.
To declare any interests members may have in the items contained on this agenda. When declaring an interest a member must state what their interest is.
No declarations of interest were made.
Review of Statement of Licensing Policy for Sex Establishments and Sexual Entertainments Venues PDF 208 KB
The Licensing Manager presented Members of the
Committee with the draft statement of Licensing Policy for Sex
Establishments and Sexual Entertainment Venues. Three
recommendations were proposed, as followed:
- Members to approve and adopt the
revised statement of Licensing Policy for Sex Establishments and
Sexual Entertainment Venues
- The revised policy to be published
and to become effective as from 01 April 2023
- The standard policy review period to
be extended from three years to five years
The Licensing Manager outlined the
- There were no sex establishments or
sexual entertainment venues in the borough and nor had any
applications been received for the same.
- Gravesham Borough Council’s
current Statement of Policy was valid until 2023, but as with any
review they proceed four to five months in advance to allow for a
- Although there was no statutory
requirement to undertake a review of the policy statement, there
was a commitment set out in the policy statement to do so at least
every three years, but they were seeking the extend this from three
years, to five. If needed, they were able to review the policy
earlier than expected, such as if there was a change in
- As with the existing policy, they
proposed setting no numerical limits for Sexual Entertainment
Venues within Gravesham. Instead, each application would be judged
on its own merits but taking into account the various criteria laid
out in the policy document.
- Since the policy was first
published, there has been no changes to legislation or guidance.
Consequently, no changes to the policy were proposed, and it was
felt that there was no need for public consultation.
Following questions and comments from Members,
the Licensing Manager explained that:
- An alteration would be made on page
22, in reference to section 14.10, where it used the terminology
‘sheltered housing’, instead of ‘independent
- Members raised concerns regarding
the general grounds for an objection to an application as it was
not clearly outlined in the policy. The Licensing Manager agreed to
seek clarification and include this in future Member Training
sessions. It was discussed whether the four licensing objectives
would be transferable when considering such applications.
- In reference to section 20.3,
sub-section A, regarding the suitability of applicants, some
Members felt that it was all encompassing, but not specific enough
and should have made reference to sexual offences. Members agreed
for the Licensing Manager to research the implications of getting
this added to the policy and to agree it in consultation with the
Chair and Vice-Chair.
Members agreed all the recommendations in
respect of the abovementioned condition. The Committee noted the
Update on Licensing Panel hearings and decisions since the last Committee meeting
The Licensing Manager advised Members of the
Committee that since the last Committee meeting on the 05 September
2022, no hearings had taken place.
The Committee noted the update.