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There were no Declarations of Interest.
The procedure for hearings at Licensing Panels was noted by all parties.
The Panel carefully considered all the information presented, both written and oral, from:
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 reached its decision with a view to promoting the four Licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003, with particular reference in this case to the prevention of public nuisance objective, having regard to the provisions of the Act, the Home Office Guidance issued in respect of the same and having regard to the Council’s own Statement of Licensing Policy.
The Panel decided that granting the variation of the licence would not have an adverse impact on the promotion of the four licensing objectives and so agreed to grant the variation.
The application was to vary the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club’s capacity from 5,000 to 9,999 persons.
The Panel heard from local residents who objected to proposed variation due to previous occurrences concerning noise nuisance emanating from the site being enough to disturb residents in their gardens and when trying to sleep, on a number of occasions throughout the year. There were also concerns regarding the increase in traffic to the site, if the variation were to be granted.
The applicant recognised that there had been historic noise concerns from the Polo Club site but stated that Environmental Health officers had visited the Polo Club on its flagship International Day event last year and had not felt that the noise level constituted a nuisance. The Panel noted that prior to the representations being received in respect of the current application, no recent (specified as within the past 12 months) complaints of noise nuisance had been made to the Licensing Authority, or to Environmental Health.
The Panel noted the Applicant’s expressed willingness to listen and work with local residents to discuss and address any concerns they may have as a result of events at the premises and noted that the Applicant has already taken steps to amend its noise management strategy.
The Panel heard that a hotline number had been made available for residents on previous event days to call if they experienced any concerns or problems with noise, and this was available on all major event days. The Panel considered that this number could be republicised and communicated more widely to residents in the local area.
The Panel noted that the original premises licence already had a number of licence conditions attached, especially where the larger events were proposed, including in respect of traffic management as part of a required Event Management Plan and steps required for the monitoring and prevention of noise nuisance under a Noise Management Plan and Community Liaison Plan.
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