Agenda and minutes

Dorset Council - Licensing Sub-Committee
Tuesday, 24th September, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room D, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, DT1 1UZ (DT1 1EE for sat nav)

Contact: Kate Critchel  01305 252234 Email:

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Election of Chairman and Procedure for the meeting pdf icon PDF 60 KB


It was proposed by Cllr C Lugg seconded by Cllr D Morgan




That Cllr E Parker be elected as Chairman for the meeting. Cllr Parker set out the procedure and process for the meeting.  There was also an opportunity to introduce all parties present at the meeting.


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.


No declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests were made at the meeting.


Public Participation

To receive questions or statements on the business of the committee from town and parish councils and members of the public.


Representations from interested parties detailed in the minute below.  


Application for a premises licence to be granted - The Old Post Office, 16 West Street, Kingston, BH20 5LH pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To consider a report of the Licensing Officer.

Additional documents:


The Licensing Officer set out an application made by Katherine Fitzgerald for a premises licence to be granted to authorise the supply of alcohol for consumption off the premises only. 


Members were advised that the Old Post Office was centrally located within the village of Kingston and that the applicant sought the authority to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises between the hours of 09.30 and 17.00 every day. The operating schedule indicated an intention to sell alcohol that was locally produced and would be displayed and packaged as gift items, consistent with other items being sold from the shop premises, including gift hampers.  The operating schedule also indicated an intention to offer a delivery service in respect of such items of alcohol via orders being made by telephone and on-line.


There had been representations received from five interested parties and these representations related to all four of the licensing objectives.


The Licensing Officer confirmed that a mediation meeting had been held between the applicant and two of the interested parties who had made representations.  During that meeting the application was amended with additional conditions which were accepted by the applicant and these were set out at page 23 of the agenda papers.


It was confirmed that there had not been any  representations received from any responsible authority.


The Chairman invited the applicant to address the sub-committee. The applicant advised that the application was for a small retail shop in a village location and to support website sales. The applicant confirmed that the alcohol sales from the shop would be clearly displayed in gift packaging and supplied as gift items  Gifts would be local produce, including local wines and products from small local micro-breweries.      


The applicant indicated that she had found the mediation meeting useful and welcomed the additional conditions to fully support the licensing objectives.                                                             


In response to questions from members, the applicant confirmed that the shop would not be acting as a traditional off-licence. Gifts would be hampered, boxed or in presentation bags.


Cllr Dragon, representing Corfe Castle Parish Council addressed the sub-committee expressing concerns that the premises was also being used as an Air B-and-B and there were no obvious secure separation between the proposed licenced premises and the rest of the property. It was the Parish Council’s view that as the building would have multiple use and the premises insecure, the application failed to meet the four licensing objectives. However, Mr Dragon understood that the proposed conditions did try to address this matter.


Mr Pickford had made representations on the grounds of all four licensing objectives.  He advised the sub-committee that he objected to the shop, which was located in an historic village, as it had the potential to create a significant public nuisance.  This would destroy the peace and tranquillity of the area.


He was concerned that during the summer months a number of children passed through the village on their Duke of Edinburgh Award and the presence of a venue selling alcohol would  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.


Urgent items

To consider any items of business which the Chairman has had prior notification and considers to be urgent pursuant to section 100B (4) b) of the Local Government Act 1972. The reason for the urgency shall be recorded in the minutes.



There were no urgent items to report


Exempt Business

There is no exempt items to report.


There was no exempt business