Venue: Meeting Room D - Buxton Town Hall
LICENSING ACT 2003
APPLICATION FOR A PREMISES LICENCE FOR THORNSETT FIELDS FARM WEDDING AND EVENTS BARN
MEETING: TUESDAY, 11 JUNE 2019 AT 10:00AM
Councillor Stone, Chairman
Mr S Cartwright Applicant and proposed DPS
Mr R Handford Applicant
Mr Parker Objector
Mrs Knight Objector
Mr Brown Objector
M Towers Senior Officer (Housing, Public Health and Licensing)
S Bradbury Licensing Officer
N de Bruin Legal Services Solicitor
None of the members had any interests to declare.
The hearing was called to consider an application for a Premises Licence under the Licensing Act 2003 in respect of Thornsett Fields Farm Wedding and Events Barn, Briargrove Road, Birch Vale, High Peak, SK22 1AX within the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 due to relevant representations being received from interested parties.
None of the Councillors declared an interest in the application.
2 photographs of the interior of the barn together with further representations from Mr and Mrs Knight and a submission from Mrs Handford, who was unable to attend, had been circulated prior to committee and had been seen by all parties and a DVD submitted by Mr Brown in order to show noise levels at Mr Brown’s house at 21.24pm on the 1st June 2019 was viewed during the course of hearing.
A late submission from Mr Coulthurst was read out by Mr Towers, also during the course of the hearing.
All parties having had opportunity to make their submissions and ask questions of the other parties, summed-up and then the Sub-Committee withdrew for deliberation. S182 guidance and High Peak Borough Council ‘Statement of Licensing Policy’ were taken into account before coming to a decision.
The Sub-committee determined to refuse the application
Conditions and Reasons
The barn to be licensed is situated in a very rural area and the Sub-Committee accepted submissions from neighbours that the situation of the barn and its open construction allowed noise to carry over the valley without any natural or built barriers to prevent it from doing so. The Sub-Committee were sympathetic to the applicants lack of knowledge regarding the impact of their activities at the barn on their neighbours, however, knowing what they now know it is clear that even on 15 events allowed by way of TENS there is a noise nuisance being caused to neighbours and without knowing what steps could be taken to reduce the nuisance the Sub-Committee were unable to impose practical and enforceable conditions to mitigate the noise nuisance. The only solution would be to take professional advice on how the noise could be controlled in a suitable manner; at present the grant of a licence would undermine the licensing objectives, in particular that relating to public nuisance.
For the time being the applicant could continue to submit TENS but the Sub-Committee urged the applicants to take steps as soon as possible to reduce the impact of noise.
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To resolve that the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following items because there may be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.
RESOLVED: That the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following items because there may be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.
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