Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Friday, 9th February, 2024 9.00 am

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


An apology for absence was received from Councillor P M Brivio.


Appointment of Substitute Members

To note appointment of Substitute Members.


It was noted that, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 4, Councillor S B Blair was appointed substitute for Councillor P M Brivio.


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest from Members in respect of business to be transacted on the agenda.


There were no declarations of interest made by Members.


Licensing Act 2003 - Application for the grant of a Premises Licence in respect of Ripple Court Estate, Ripple, Deal

The Sub-Committee is requested to determine the application.


The procedures for meetings (hearings) of the Licensing Sub-Committee are as set out in the Licensing Act 2003 (Hearings) Regulations 2005 and these regulations do not require the full agenda papers to be published and made available on the website or copies provided at the meetings outside of the parties to the meeting itself. The Licensing Sub-Committee meetings are open to the public, unless in exceptional circumstances the Authority considers it in the public interest to exclude the press and public for all or part of a hearing.




The Sub-Committee considered an application for the grant of a Premises Licence in respect of Ripple Court Estate, Ripple, Deal, Kent CT14 8HX. Pursuant to amendments, the application was for:


Supply of Alcohol (for consumption ON and OFF the premises)


Every Day                               09:00 – 23:00 hrs


Late Night Refreshment (Indoors)


Every Day                               23:00 – 23:30 hrs


The following documentary evidence and/or other information was taken into account:


(i)               The Licensing Manager’s report including, the options available to the Sub-Committee


(ii)              Application from Nunc Est Bibendum Ltd for the grant of a Premises Licence and plan (appendix A of the agenda)


(iii)            Email thread between Environmental Health and applicant (appendix B)


(iv)            Map of the area (appendix C of the agenda)


(v)             Representation from Other Persons (appendix D of the agenda)


On the basis of the representations of the applicant, their representatives and the representations from Other Persons, the Sub-Committee found the following facts to be established.


(i)               The application from Nunc Est Bibendum Ltd, represented at the hearing by Michael Kheng of Kurnia Licensing Consultants Ltd and the directors / owners of the premises Peter Robertson and Francesca Reed (also the Designated Premises Supervisor), was for the grant of a Premises Licence at Ripple Court Estate, Ripple, Deal.  The revised application sought: supply of alcohol for consumption ON and OFF the premises, every day between 09:00 – 23:30 hrs, and late-night refreshments to be served indoors, every day between 23:00 and 23:30 hrs.


(ii)              The original application had been amended by removing: live music, recorded music, performance of dance and anything of a similar description.


(iii)            During the consultation, Environmental Health made a representation. However, following discussions with the applicant and the amendments to the application, Environmental Health withdrew their representation.


(iv)            There were discussions between the applicant and the Kent Police.  No representation was made by Kent Police or by other Responsible Authorities.


(v)             Two representations were received from Other Persons citing the prevention of public nuisance licensing objective. 

(vi)            The Sub-Committee heard from Mr and Mrs Smyth at the hearing.  They raised concerns regarding residents being disturbed by the sort of behaviour that generally accompanies the excessive consumption of alcohol and they would like the alcohol sale to cease at 22:30 hrs (this was revised to 23:00 hrs during the course of the hearing).  Parties were reminded that speculative representations should be disregarded. 


(vii)          The Sub-Committee heard from Mr Batchelor at the hearing.  He raised concerns about noise emanating from the premises and would like to see a noise management plan in place and a restriction of 30 events per year at the premises and limited to 120 guests. Mr Batchelor also suggested that the conditions imposed on the planning permission should be included in the premises licence and raised an issue that the marquee was meant to be a temporary structure and if it was no longer to be temporary that CCTV should be installed.


(viii)         Parties were reminded at the hearing that the licensing and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.