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Application No. 20/00133/LQN - Pinchington Hall, Crookham Hill, Crookham Common, RG19 8DQ pdf icon PDF 593 KB

Proposal:     Application for a Premise Licence

Location:      Pinchington Hall, Crookham Hill, Crookham Common, RG19 8DQ

Applicant:     Linda Beechey-Smith

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Councillor James Cole, Chairman, welcomed those in attendance and asked the clerk, Jude Thomas, to remind Members and other attendees of the format and protocol of Council meetings held via Zoom.

All attendees confirmed they had heard the proceedings so far.

The Sub-Committee considered a report (Agenda Item 2(1)) concerning Licensing Application 20/00133/LQN in respect of Pinchington Hall, Crookham Hill, Crookham Common, RG19 8D.

In accordance with the Council’s Constitution, Amanda Ward (Licensing Officer, West Berkshire Council), Linda Beechey-Smith (Applicant), Michael Bloomfield (Objector), Joe Atkinson (Objector), John Boyd (Objector, representing Thatcham Town Council), Simon Fisher (Objector), Robin Weihs (Objector), Craig Garrod (Objector), Kate Powell (Environmental Health Officer, West Berkshire Council) and Councillor Steve Ardagh-Walter (Ward Councillor) addressed the Sub-Committee on this application.

All attendees confirmed they could hear each speaker prior to each presentation.

Licensing Officer Representation

Ms Ward, in addressing the Sub-Committee, raised the following points:

·         The Licensing Authority had received an application, from Mrs Linda Beechey-Smith, for a new premises licence for the premises in relation to Pinchington Hall, Crookham Hill, Crookham Common, Thatcham, RG19 8DQ. This application had been recorded under reference number 20/00133/LQN on the 6 March 2020.

·         Pinchington Hall was a large newly renovated manor house set in private grounds. The hall had several large rooms suitable for social and business functions including civil weddings, corporate functions and meetings, small music events (both indoors and in the grounds), art exhibitions, private parties, open air cinema, product launches and TV and film shoots. The hall also had six bedrooms and five bathrooms and separate cloakroom facilities. It was proposed that alcohol would be provided and consumed in the main sitting rooms on the ground floor and the lower ground floor in the cinema room and games room.

·         The 28 day consultation period ran from 6 March 2020 to 2 April 2020.  Responsible Authorities, Ward Members and the Parish Council were advised by email on the 6 March 2020.

·         The application sought to obtain the following provisions of regulated entertainment:

·         Films: 11:00 to 23:00 hours Monday to Sunday both indoors and outdoors.

·         Live Music: 11:00 to 23:00 Monday to Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11:00 to 02:00 and Sunday 12:00 to 00:00 (Midnight) both indoors and outdoors.

·         Recorded Music: 11:00 to 23:00 Monday to Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11:00 to 02:00 and Sunday 12:00 to 00:00 (Midnight) both indoors and outdoors.

·         Late Night Refreshment: 23:00 to 00:00 (Midnight) Thursdays, 23:00 to 02:00 Friday and Saturdays, indoors only

·         Supply of Alcohol: 11:00 to 23:00 Monday to Thursdays, 11:00 to 02:00 Friday and Saturdays and 11:00 to 00:00 (Midnight) on Sundays. For consumption on the premises only.

·         With non-standard timings: For some pre-booked events, e.g. weddings, the finish time to be extended by one hour.  To permit the sale of alcohol 24 hours daily to residents and bona fide guests of the hotel.

·         Hours premises to be open to the public:  06:00 to 23:30 Monday to Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays 06:00 to 02:30 and Sundays 06:00  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.