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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Merton Civic Centre

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No. Item


Apologies for absence


No apologies for absence were received.


Declarations of Pecuniary Interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 51 KB


RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2023 were agreed as an accurate record.



Three yearly review of the Council's Cumulative Impact Assessment as required under the Licensing Act 2003 pdf icon PDF 147 KB

Additional documents:


Caroline Sharky presented the report and confirmed that there was a requirement, as part of the accumulative impact assessment, to carry out a consultation every three years.


Accumulative impact was a combined effect of multiple premises in close proximity which attracted customers to the area.


Initially there was no statutory basis for accumulative impact policy, instead the government issued guidance under Section 182 of the Licensing Act as explained in section 2.5 of the report.


The introduction of the accumulative impact assessment falling into a statutory footing was to address concerns from the Home Office, one of which was that the system could have led to disproportionate restrictions on new businesses.


The accumulative impact for Wimbledon Town Centre and Mitcham Town Centre was presented at the last committee meeting where it was agreed to go out for consultation. It was important to note that the accumulative impact policy would only be enforced if they received representation to an application.


In order to carry out an accumulative impact policy assessment, data sets were explored and agreed at the last committee meeting and were set out in pages 25-28 of the agenda. An exception list to the accumulative impact policy was included for Wimbledon Town Centre and Mitcham Town Centre.


The public consultation took place between 23 October 2023 and 15 January 2024 and included contacting all responsible authorities, solicitors, trade associations, ward councillors and other key stakeholders. In addition, information was put on the Councils website and newsletter. Responses to the consultation could be found in Appendix D of the agenda.


The majority of responses to the consultation broadly agreed that the special policy for Wimbledon Town Centre should continue.


The Director of Public Health and Metropolitan Police supported the accumulative impact policy for Mitcham Town Centre. Safer Merton and the Social Behaviour Team expressed that the accumulative impact policy has had a positive impact in the area. The majority of responses to the consultation were in agreement for the special policy to continue.


Further responses to the consultation stated that there was no need for more accumulative impact zones in the Merton.


In response to questions raised from members, the following was confirmed:

·       The consultation was robust and it was right to put in exceptions.

·       Although responses were not received from everyone, the main players did respond.

·       Increase of complaints, mainly 2021 during covid? – The last review was in 2020 but they reviewed complaints from 2020 – 2023 so some if this time would have included Covid.

·       Will provide figures on number of licenses in Mitcham.

·       Recommendation C is a list of guidelines that people need to take into account and were not restrictive, other factors for consideration would be the business model. The aim was to balance the nighttime economy. Each premises would not necessarily have these standard conditions.

·       Guy Bishop explained that during a licensing sub committee, members would consider whether the application would cause extra cumulative impact and was why recommendation C was drafted in the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


The Designation of parts of the highway as licence streets for the purposes of Street Trading pdf icon PDF 1 MB


David Ryan introduced the report.


There were two areas they would like to designate as a licenced street in the borough. Merton followed a process which involved designating small sites rather than whole streets to enable them to retain control over the licenses which were issued.


The two sites in the report were in Wimbledon Village and Mitcham Town Centre. The sites had previous designations.


The site in Wimbledon Village had expanded to the unit next door. They currently had designation over one unit and would like to increase this to cover both sites.


For the site in Mitcham Town Centre, the owner of two establishments previously held a license for one site and would like designation for the shop next door.


No representations were received other than comments from the Highways Team in relation to the width of the pavement in Wimbledon Village. This was considered within the report and they therefor put forward a recommendation to reduce the area requested in the application as they try to operate a two metre clearance on the highway outside of shops. With agreement from the Highways Department, there was a reduction to 1.8 metres which was considered sufficient space. They were asking members to reduce this space further to 1 metre.


Mitcham Town Centre had a wide pavement which was all contained under a canopy.


Both have been put out for consultation and notices placed in the paper. They received no representations from other interested parties other than the Highways Department.


In response to questions raised from members, Caroline confirmed the following:

·       The area next to Gales Bakery was not part of the licence area and would be dealt with by enforcement action under the current license.


RESOLVED: That committee resolved to grant the proposed designation for Venus Homeware and granted the reduced designation for Gardenia.