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No. Item


Election of Chair

To elect a Chairman for the ensuing meeting  



When the continuous alarm sounds you must evacuate the building by the nearest available fire exit. Members and visitors should proceed to the visitors’ car park at the front of the building and await further instructions (during office hours staff should proceed to their usual assembly point; outside of office hours proceed to the visitors’ car park). Please do not re-enter the building unless instructed to do so.


In the event of a fire any person with a disability should be assisted in leaving the building.   


Declarations of Interest

Pursuant to the adoption by the Council on 24 January 2023 of the Tewkesbury Borough Council Code of Conduct, effective from 1 February 2023, as set out in Minute No. CL.72, Members are invited to declare any interest they may have in the business set out on the Agenda to which the approved Code applies.


Variation of Premises Licence - Ref: 22/02042/LIQVAR -Royal Hop Pole Hotel, 94 - 96 Church Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5RT pdf icon PDF 208 KB

To determine an application for a variation of premises licence for Royal Hop Pole Hotel, 94 - 96 Church Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5RT. 

Additional documents:


Premises:                                           The Royal Hop Pole, 94-96 Church Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5RT.

Applicant:                                          J D Wetherspoon PLC

Application for the variation of a premises licence under Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003.

Present:                                               Councillors G F Blackwell, P A Godwin and D W Gray.

Representatives of the                        Area Manager

applicant:                                             Licensing Director

                                                            Regional Manager

Other parties addressing the              Councillor C M Cody

Sub-Committee:                                 Three residents of St Mary’s Lane



1.      No responsible authorities made representations in relation to the application.

2.      Seven representations were made by other persons in relation to the application.  All of the representations objected to the application.


·           The sale by retail of alcohol for consumption on and off the premises from 09:00 to Midnight on Friday and Saturday.

·           The exhibition of films from 07:00 to Midnight on Friday and Saturday.

·           The provision of late night refreshment (indoors and outdoors) from 23:00 to Midnight on Friday and Saturday.

·           Opening hours from 07:00 to 00:30 on Friday and Saturday.

·           The terminal hours of all licensable activities and opening hours to be extended by one hour on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, Maundy Thursday and Sundays preceding a bank holiday Monday – this will only apply where they fall on a day other than Friday or Saturday.



Having considered the application; the evidence provided; the representations made by all parties, including those made at the hearing, the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003, the obligation to promote the four licensing objectives; the relevant sections of the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy and the Statutory Guidance, it was resolved that the variation of the premises licence be GRANTED in accordance with the application as amended by the applicant, subject to the following conditions:




·           From 22:00 hours, the garden (not including the designated smoking area) should be closed for all reasons other than for ingress and egress.

·           CCTV condition to be updated to include the majority of the car park area. The extension of the licence will not come into force until the CCTV is installed and working.




The Licensing Sub-Committee considered the fact that the Responsible Authorities consulted had no concern and did not make any representations. The Sub-Committee also took account that other premises in the area have later licences.  Whilst the Sub-Committee recognised and sympathised with the concerns expressed by the other parties, a large number of issues raised could not be directly linked to the premises. The Sub-Committee imposed conditions in order to try and alleviate these concerns.




All parties were reminded of their rights of appeal against the Licensing Authority’s decision pursuant to Section 181 of and Schedule 5 to the Licensing Act 2003. An appeal must be made to the Magistrates’ Court and commenced within 21 days of notification of the authority’s decision.


All parties were reminded of the procedures contained within the Licensing Act 2003 relating to the potential review of a premises licence. This  ...  view the full decision text for item 4.