The thin end of the wedge

Virtual Golf Club withdraws licence application ahead of hearing.

A company hoping to set up a "virtual golf club" has withdrawn its application for a premises licence ahead of a hearing before Plymouth City Council's Licensing Committee, following the receipt of written representations by Charlotte Davies (2007).

Charlotte is instructed on behalf of two tenant management companies that operate within the historic Conservation Area known as The Millfields, in Plymouth. The Millfields is a very special part of Plymouth’s heritage, being a former Naval Military Hospital built in around 1760, with international recognition of its historical importance. Lyster Court, to which the application related, is situated in the Quadrangle within The Millfields and is Grade II* listed. The applicant, The Caddy Club Ltd, applied for a licence permitting the sale of alcohol, and indoor sport, between 09.00 and 23.00. The area is walled and gated, and predominantly residential with some office use during the day. There are currently no licensed premises within The Millfields.

In acting for the two companies, which in total represent the occupants of almost 90 properties within The Millfields, Charlotte drafted lengthy objections to the application, with reference to PCC's own Licensing Policy and also to the four Licensing Objectives: The Prevention of Crime and Disorder; Public Safety; The Prevention of Public Nuisance; and The Protection of Children from Harm. Upon receipt, The Caddy Club Ltd withdrew its application.

There is a concurrent planning application (for change of use from office space to virtual golf centre, and associated alterations), to which Charlotte has also been instructed to respond by way of objection. The outcome of that application is awaited.

Charlotte is instructed by GA Solicitors.

If you wish to discuss this or another licensing matter with Charlotte, please contact her clerk Jamie Kyte on jamie@kbgchambers.co.uk.

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