Greenwich Council

Agenda item.

Slade Cafe, 342 Plumstead Common Road, Plumstead, SE18 2AJ

Application for a premises licence


The Slade Café, 342 Plumstead Common Road, London,

SW18 2AJ


In reaching its decision, the Licensing Sub-Committee (“LSC”) considered the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy, the Licensing Act 2003, the Regulations made thereunder and the Guidance issued by the Secretary of State under S.182 of that Act. In discharging its functions, the LSC did so with a view to promoting the licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.


Having considered all of the written representations, evidence and submissions put before it the LSC determined to grant a Premises Licence as follows:


Permitted Hours for the Sale of Alcohol for consumption on the premises only.


Monday to Thursday 10am to 10.30pm

Friday and Saturday 10 am to 11pm


The Premises Licence is granted subject to the mandatory conditions for the sale and supply of alcohol.


The Premises Licence is granted subject to the following conditions:


1.     Alcohol shall not be sold to, supplied or consumed on the premises otherwise than by seated customers who are bona fide taking substantial table meals and provided always that the consumption of  alcohol by such persons is ancillary to a substantial meal


1.    There shall be no sale or supply of alcohol for consumption off the premises


2.    The premises shall operate the ‘Challenge 25’ Scheme. Under the scheme, all staff authorised for the sale of alcohol shall challenge every individual who appears to be under 25 years of age and shall refuse service where individuals cannot produce acceptable means of identification to prove they are over 18. Notices shall be displayed as to the age verification policy, advising customers that if they look under 25, they may be asked to provide evidence of age. Acceptable forms of ID shall be:


a)    A UK driving licence;

b)   A passport;

c)    A Home Office approved ID card.


3.    The number of persons permitted in the premises at any time, including staff, shall not exceed seventy (70).


4.    Notices shall be prominently displayed at all exits requesting the public to respect the needs of local residents, and to leave the premises and the area quietly.


5.    The placing of refuse and recycling into bins outside the premises shall only take place between 08:00 hours and 23:00 hours daily.


6.    The premises licence holder shall ensure compliance at all times with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, and any other direction that may be made from time-to-time by an officer of the relevant Fire Authority.


7.    All staff shall be trained in the law relating to the sale of alcohol. Such training shall include challenging every individual who appears to be under 25 years of age and to refuse service where individuals cannot produce acceptable means of identification.  Such training (including any refresher training) shall be recorded and provided not less than every six (6) months. The training record shall be made available for inspection by Police and authorised persons (as defined by Section 13 of the Licensing Act 2003).


8.    No alcohol shall be consumed in the external licensed area of the premises after 9pm.


9.    No alcohol shall be permitted to be taken outside onto the external licensed area of the premises after 9pm.   





Basis of Decision:


The LSC considered all written representations, submissions and evidence from and for the Applicant and Responsible Authorities and other persons.


The LSC considered the prepared statements from the applicant and Ms Archard, who was objecting to the application.


The LSC gave due regard and weight to the fact that there were no Responsible Authorities objecting to the grant of a Premises Licence, and that the police had agreed a condition with the Applicant in respect of the training of staff relating to the supply and sale of alcohol. 


The LSC further gave due regard and weight to the fact that the premises are not situated within a Cumulative Impact Zone and that there is only one objector to the application notwithstanding the number of residential dwellings within the locality.  The LSC noted and gave due weight to the number of commercial premises in the vicinity and existing noise levels.


The LSC gave due weight to the fact that the provision of alcohol will be ancillary to a seated meal, which is reinforced by a condition to the grant of the Premises Licence, and that the premises is not a vertical drinking establishment.


In reaching it decision, the LSC took into consideration the nature of and proximity of residential dwellings to the premises and disregarded any matters relating to the number of licensed premises already in the locality.


The LSC disregarded the additional evidence relating the operation of the Temporary Event Notice, on 25th July 2019, being an out of time representation, whilst noting the submissions from the applicant and Ms Archard.  Moreover, the LSC disregarded the representation that residents purchased their homes close to a Conservation Area and not a town centre, and the addition of a double decker bus route.


The LSC were satisfied that the conditions to be attached to the Premises Licence properly promoted the licencing objectives and disregarded irrelevant representations.


If the Applicant or those making representations are aggrieved by the Council’s decision, they have the right to appeal to the Magistrates’ Court.


An appeal to the Magistrates’ Court must be made within 21 days from the date of written notification of this decision.




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