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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Committee held on 25 September and 25 October 2018 be confirmed and signed as a correct record.



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3.1      The Chair welcomed all parties to the meeting and introductions were made. She then invited Ms Spall to introduce the application.


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3.2      Ms Spall said that members were being asked to consider an application for a new premises licence sought by Secret Cinema, Unit 15 Convoys Wharf, Princes Street SE8 3JH. Objections had been received from 9 residents who live in close proximity to the premises. The objection is sought on the grounds of perceived public nuisance, crime and disorder, and public safety. Ms Spall then introduced the applicant and objectors who would be addressing the Committee.




3.3      Mr Grant addressed the Committee on behalf of the applicant. He said that the event his client would like to produce is extraordinary. It is an immersive experience of theatre and cinema. Patrons become part of the show; they dress up as characters according to the information given and the venue is unknown until shortly before the event. Patrons are told to meet at a transport hub and the reason why so few people take their cars. There will be no parking in the area, only 3 spaces disabled spaces for the entire event.


3.4      These events have been held for ten years in a number of London boroughs including Newham, Southwark and Hounslow and there has been universal praise because organisers have done exactly what they said they would do. For example, after nearly two years at Canning Town, the Deputy Mayor of London is on record as being full of praise for the events. At the time there were 50 objections to the application all with similar concerns to Lewisham’s local residents.


3.5      A promotional video of the event was then shown to members of the Committee.


3.6      Mr Grant said that the video showed a glimpse of all that the company has to offer and they would like to bring it to Convoys Wharf which is a large, unused industrial site, earmarked for a substantial development in 3 years time. The application is only for a certain period of time and will not be a permanent event. This does not mean that his clients are complacent to the impact on residents. A lot of the policy documents circulated to members before the meeting, outline the level of detail that his clients have gone into in the past, and will continue if the application is granted, in order to minimise the impact on local residents.


3.7      Mr Grant said that he cannot promise that residents will not hear any noise, they will; but his client believes that it will not amount to a nuisance or inconvenience and the benefits outweigh the negatives. Despite concerns that have been expressed during applications within other boroughs, they have not come to fruition.


3.8      Mr Grant referred to the bundles that had been circulated before the meeting. The open papers had been sent to all parties including members of the public who had made a representation. The closed paper had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 45.


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            This case was withdrawn.