Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Panel - Thursday, 8 February 2024 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JD. View directions

Contact: Lizzie Rich  01344 352253

Note: Bracknell Local Store 


No. Item


Election of Chair

To elect a Chair for the meeting


RESOLVED that Councillor Allen be elected Chair for the meeting.


Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary or affected interests in respect of any matter to be considered at this meeting.


Any Member with a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in a matter should withdraw from the meeting when the matter is under consideration and should notify the Democratic Services Officer in attendance that they are withdrawing as they have such an interest. If the Disclosable Pecuniary Interest is not entered on the register of Members interests the Monitoring Officer must be notified of the interest within 28 days.


Any Member with an affected Interest in a matter must disclose the interest to the meeting.  There is no requirement to withdraw from the meeting when the interest is only an affected interest, but the Monitoring Officer should be notified of the interest, if not previously notified of it, within 28 days of the meeting.



There were no declarations of interest.


The Procedure for Hearings at Licensing Panels pdf icon PDF 76 KB


The procedure for hearings at Licensing Panels was noted by all parties.


Application for New Premises Licence in respect of Bracknell Local Store, 1B Ralphs Ride, Bracknell, RG12 9EE pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Appendix 1 - application

Pages 11 - 29

Appendix 2 – floor plan

Page 31

Appendix 3 – DPS details

Pages 33 - 35

Appendix 4 - representations

Pages 37 - 89


Additional documents:


The Panel carefully considered all the information presented, both written and oral, from:


  • the Licensing Officer who outlined the issues;
  • the Applicant,
  • the Interested Parties;


together with reference to the appropriate Licensing objectives, the Council’s own Licensing Policy and the Secretary of State’s guidance. At the conclusion of the proceedings all participants present confirmed that they had been given the opportunity to say all they wished to say.


The Panel noted that there had been no representations made by the Police, or any of the other Responsible Authorities. The Panel bore in mind the promotion of the four licensing objectives:


·        the prevention of crime and disorder.

·        public safety.

·        the prevention of public nuisance.

·        the protection of children from harm.


The Panel decided that granting the licence would not have an adverse impact on the promotion of the four licensing objectives and agreed to grant the Licence. Licensing officers will send you a copy of the Licence in due course.




In making their decision, the Panel took note of residents’ concerns about existing anti-social behaviour in the area. Objectors felt that this would increase as a result of a further licensed premises in the area, however the Panel agreed that pre-existing issues could not be associated with this premises which had not yet opened. The panel also noted that what might or could happen hypothetically was not a reason to refuse the licence.  Any issues that arise can be addressed by a review. The panel noted that the licence holder had set out proposals for robust, well thought-out training and challenge  arrangements to avoid under-age and inappropriate sales of alcohol. They would utilise Challenge 25 and they were planning extensive internal and external CCTV to capture anti-social behaviour associated with the premises. The Panel encouraged residents to raise issues of anti-social behaviour with the Police and noted that the Police had not submitted a representation to this application.


The Panel recognised that while there were 42 valid representations received in respect of this application, 37 of which were completed on a pro-forma which listed hypothetical scenarios rather than any specific breaches of the licensing objectives. 


The Licensing Act 2003 includes the presumption that applications will be granted if the application meets the four Licensing Objectives. As this premises had not yet opened, there could be no evidence that an additional licensed premises in the area would increase the level of anti-social behaviour. It was noted that there were already several licensed premises in the area including an off-licence premises next door to this unit and several pubs, and panel members did not consider that an additional premises would lead to significantly increased footfall in the area. The council does not have a saturation policy and does not require one, as the concentration of licensed premises in Bracknell generally and in this area particularly is not as intense as a lot of areas of the country.


The Panel also noted that the licensing regime contains a provision for seeking a review  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.