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Disclosures by Members and Officers


There were no disclosures by Members and Officers.



Disclosures of Lobbying


There were no disclosures of lobbying.



Exempt Items


RESOLVED:  That the item on the agenda be taken in public as proposed.



Application to vary a premises under the Licensing Act 2003 for Hush Heath Winery, Hush Heath Estate, Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst, Tonbridge, Kent , TN12 0HX pdf icon PDF 155 KB

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The Meeting commenced at 10.15 a.m.


Mrs Jayne Bolas, the Legal Advisor highlighted an amendment to the report as follows:-


Page 1 – the current opening hours should read – 11.00 to 1700 Mon to Sat and 12.00 to 17.00 Sun not 15:00 as shown.


She also clarified that the Supply of Alcohol limited to tasting samples  condition at Annex 3, Page 63 would not be removed by this application.


Mrs Bolas advised that Mrs Tipples, an objector who had indicated her intention to be present, had sent through an email stating that she was no longer able to attend and Mr Codd, also an objector, would be speaking on her behalf.


Mrs Bolas also advised that Mrs Tipples had sent in an attachment to her email and Mr Balfour-Lynn, the applicant advised that he had received the email, along with an attachment, but had not read them in full.


The Legal Advisor reminded the Sub-Committee that ordinarily any documentation to be submitted by any party should be received prior to the Hearing taking place but if the Applicant was happy to consent to the document being presented then it could be taken into consideration. 


Mr Codd advised that the document put forward by Mrs Tipples set out some legal points raised by her since her original letter and he would only be referring to it in his presentation. 


Mr Balfour-Lynn was asked if he would consent to the documentation being provided to the participants of the meeting.  Mr Balfour-Lynn advised that he was happy to give his consent.  He wished to deal with the matter for his business and employees.


Mrs Bolas asked the Members if they wished to go ahead with the meeting or adjourn until they had read the document produced by Mrs Tipples. 


The Members agreed to adjourn for 15 minutes to enable them to read the document.  


After the adjournment the Chairman referred to the procedure notes attached to the Committee papers and asked everyone present to introduce themselves.


Councillor Mrs Denise Joy – Chairman

Councillor Patrik Garten – Committee Member

Councillor Mrs Val Springett – Committee Member

Mrs Springett indicated that she was substituting for Cllr McLoughlin.


Mrs Jayne Bolas – Legal Advisor

Mrs Caroline Matthews – Democratic Services Officer


Mr Balfour-Lynn – Applicant

Ms S. Easton – for the Applicant

Ms V. Ash – for the Applicant


Mr A. Codd – on behalf of Objector Mrs Andrea Hodgkiss and on behalf of Mrs A and Mr F Tipples and Spokesman for Mr & Mrs Humphrey
Mr K Humphrey – Objector (and on behalf of Mrs Humphrey)


Mrs Bolas referred to the observations made by Mrs Tipples in the document where she questioned whether the application should have been made in Mr Balfour-Lynn’s name as the Hush Heath Estate was the trading name published on Companies House (and was the trading name of a limited partnership known as Hush Heath Estate LLP), the registered members of which are Hush Heath Hospitality Limited and Hush  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.