Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks

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Note: meeting was adjourned and reconvened at 12 noon 

No. Item

Before the meeting a Supplementary Agenda (1) had been circulated.

The Democratic Services Officer commenced the meeting and immediately adjourned as the meeting was inquorate.  All present were asked whether they were able to reconvene at 12 noon which was agreed.

Meeting adjourned 10:31am

During the adjournment more papers came to light and were circulated.

Meeting reconvened 12:11pm


Appointment of Chairman


Resolved:  That Cllr. Pett be appointed Chairman of the meeting.

(Councillor Pett in the Chair)


Declarations of interest


There were none.


Report to Licensing Sub-Committee following receipt of a representation in relation to an application for a Premise Licence from Phizzwizards Limited for a Time Limited Premises Licence under The Licensing Act 2003 - 18/01654/LAPRE. pdf icon PDF 119 KB

(Cowden and Hever)

Additional documents:


The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and apologised for the delayed start.


The Hearing gave consideration to the report by the Licensing Officer giving details of an application for a new time limited premise license under the Licensing Act 2003. He provided a brief overview of the application and gave details of when and what supplementary information had been received following the report being published. Two amendments to the report were highlighted, firstly the terminal hour for the sale of alcohol within the Rainbow Room until 06:00am and secondly an additional email objection which had been marked as SPAM taking the total number of resident objections to seven. It was noted that 5.1 of the Conditions for Neverworld 2018 had been agreed in the adjournment. The Licensing Officer confirmed the conditions which had been agreed by the applicant and directed Members to the two main areas of concern, the duration of the activities and the level at which noise would be monitored.


The Applicant was in attendance with his Solicitor and Event Manager and Noise consultant. The Hearing heard from the Applicant’s Solicitor who summarised the event and its history at the site. The Applicant’s Solicitor accepted that there had been complaints relating to public nuisance of the ‘Leefest’ music festival held in 2017 by the applicant and explained the measures taken to avoid these in the future. He also drew attention to the fact that a freedom of information request had been submitted to Sevenoaks District Council in 2016 which had shown no complaints for the 2016 festival, however complaints had been received in 2017. The Applicant had hired a new Events Manager and a Noise consultant. Consultation was said to have been carried out with local residents prior to the application. The Applicant’s Events Manager advised that they had entered into a contract with Wilderness Farm which prohibited the site from hosting another music event of more than 500 people. The organisers wished for the event to contribute to the economy and tourism of the area and they had also carried out outreach work in the local area. 25% of tickets sold so far had been for families and the representative advised that tickets had been given to local residents who would be served by shuttle service between the festival and nearby residential areas. No day tickets would be sold.


The Applicant’s Solicitor advised that the proposed operating hours had been altered from the previous year including stages being open until 2am on the Friday morning and only the Rainbow Rooms stage to remain open until 6am on the Saturday and Sunday morning. The altered operating hours were said to have been adopted following consultation with Chiddingstone Parish Council. It was noted that a reduction to 1 bar between the hours of 2am and 6am would allow staff to better monitor alcohol consumption and control noise levels. There would be no use of microphones after 23:00.


The Applicant’s Events Manager and Noise Consultant provided additional technical  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

Sec 23 - Notice of Determination for a Premises Licence pdf icon PDF 98 KB


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