Hawley Wharf

Hawley Wharf Development - Council Licensing Hearings

A HEARING OF THE LICENSING PANEL

Re: Hawley Wharf Development, London NW1, applications for a Premises - New Licence (Camden)

The applications for a Premises Licence at the above address will be heard in public by the Licensing Sub Committee:


Date of Hearing: 16/07/2019

Time of Hearing: 13:30

Place of Hearing: Crowndale Centre, Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BD

Date of Hearing: 17/07/2019

Time of Hearing: 09:30 and 14:30

Place of Hearing: Crowndale Centre, Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BD

Date of Hearing: 23/07/2019 (This date will only go ahead if required)

Time of Hearing: 10:00

Place of Hearing: Crowndale Centre, Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BD



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For you to be able to make your Representation to the council on this very important community safety issue

The deadline is here, for you to request your council protect you and yours from this daunting number of alcohol licenses that will add so significantly to the already excessive cumulative impact of alcohol on our community

This new development was planned and built knowing fully well that it was in a Cumulative Impact Policy Area, which has been in force for 14 years now. Since 2005 when Camden Council formally declared that the area was at capacity with alcohol licensing, yet LabTech Camden Market still want to impose this large entertainment complex on the community with 25 new licenses and 25 shadow licenses, totalling 50 alcohol licenses in our protected Cumulative Impact Policy Area which has the presumption to refuse all new or variation license applications since 2005. This is for the protection of the community from the blight of alcohol. It is a fact that the Ward Police Safer Neighbourhood Panel and Team's 2 main priorities for many years has been to tackle the anti social behaviour suffered from alcohol and drugs sale in the area.

So if you would like your Council to uphold this basic protection and have them decline these unreasonable license applications, then we have prepared this guidance to help you let them know properly in a way that the licensing committee, that must decide on the outcome of these license applications, will accept. All we are asking them to do is apply the council's licensing policy. If we request they do so in significant numbers it will empower our council even more, so it is important that plenty of residents participate in the procedure, and here's how:

Copy and paste all the text of one of the three template letters below into a new email, and edit the beginning and end of the letter with your own details. It is very important that you keep all the APP\PREMISES-NEW\ reference numbers on and address the email to licensingrepresentation@camden.gov.uk

We have checked with the council on the easiest way the public can respond to this many licenses in an proper way, that wont be rejected by them, as they discard representations if they are not done to their policy. So we have created 3 written options that you can copy and paste then add your own top and tail, to email to the council to make your proper representation to all the applications for this Hawley Wharf complex.

Here's the text of the 3 template document versions for you to copy and paste from (downloadable documents available below also):

TRACT Hawley Wharf letter A

name

address

address

xx June 2019

Dear Panel Members,

RE: APP\PREMISES-NEW\ 096181, 096184, 096186, 096063, 096139, 096145, 095970, 095993, 096005, 096008, 096012, 096015, 096046, 096048, 095966, 095972, 096003, 096055, 096057, 096060, 096168, 096173, 096177, 096194 & 096196

Shadow Licence APP\PREMISES-NEW\ 096192, 096190, 096188, 096085, 096149, 096151, 095987,095996, 096022, 096024, 096026, 096028, 096070, 096074, 095985, 095991, 096020, 096078, 096080, 096082, 096171, 096175, 096179, 096198 & 096200

I am writing to object to all of the above applications.

All these applications are within the CIPA and therefore there is a presumption to refuse them. I do not agree that the applicant has shown that any of these is an exception to that presumption, or that it will not add to the cumulative impact of the area. The situation for residents around Camden is already intolerable and is not limited to the night-time economy. Additional licensed premises can and will add to the cumulative impact.

The application for 25 new licences plus shadow licences is excessive. I understand that any F&B outlets on the Hawley Wharf development would be food led and this seems to be quite the opposite.

I am particularly concerned about off sales that allow the purchase of alcohol to be consumed elsewhere on the site or as I suspect will happen, off the site. It will be hard to manage this. How will a stallholder know that a minor will not consume the alcohol sold?

The winery and brewery etc. appear to be bars. This is not acceptable.

The use of the terrace on the roof as a fully licenced area not acceptable. Disturbance will be far and wide over residential areas with large groups of people drinking outside in the summer. Events should not be allowed in any area of Hawley Wharf and especially not on the roof.

My representation is based on the following:

The prevention of crime and disorder:

· Increased number of inebriated people in the surrounding streets and towpath causing fights & disorder

· Increase in drug dealing in the areas adjacent to Hawley Wharf outside the control of HW security due to large groups of drinkers

· Risk of dropping glasses/bottles through the balustrade of upper floors injuring people below

Public Safety:

· Risk of blocking the circulation routes / fire egress routes around the roof terrace if the seating area is not designated and managed

The Protection of Children from Harm

· If sales of alcohol are allowed for consumption within the food court or elsewhere within Hawley Wharf it will be hard to ensure that children are not accessing alcohol by having it bought for them by others.

The prevention of public nuisance:

· Disturbance to local residents from recorded music escaping from the units through doors as people go in and out or if shop fronts are left open

· Increase in urination in local streets from inebriated people

· Noise disturbance to local residents impacting on their enjoyment of their own homes from inebriated people in residential streets

· Live music will be louder than recorded and is likely to cause disturbance to local residents when doors are opened and closed.

· Disturbance from noise of people on the terrace talking loudly, mobile phone use etc

· Events in the restaurants or on the terrace will cause unacceptable disturbance both day and night due to large number of people arriving and departing around the same time causing noise form talking, car doors slamming and raised voices of inebriated people.

· Noise and pollution created by multiple deliveries and collections including bottle collections.

· Staff leaving later than customers making noise.

The fact that Lab Tech is seeking a Shadow Licence for each of these premises is of great concern. If there are issues with an operator I would like to see the licence revoked.

We hope you will support the needs to the local community when considering these applications.

Yours sincerely,

name


TRACT Hawley Wharf letter B

xx June 2019

Dear Panel Members,

RE: APP\PREMISES-NEW\ 096181, 096184, 096186, 096063, 096139, 096145, 095970, 095993, 096005, 096008, 096012, 096015, 096046, 096048, 095966, 095972, 096003, 096055, 096057, 096060, 096168, 096173, 096177, 096194 & 096196

Shadow Licence APP\PREMISES-NEW\ 096192, 096190, 096188, 096085, 096149, 096151, 095987,095996, 096022, 096024, 096026, 096028, 096070, 096074, 095985, 095991, 096020, 096078, 096080, 096082, 096171, 096175, 096179, 096198 & 096200

I am a local resident and am writing to object to the above applications.

Camden Town is already awash with licensed premises and the situation for residents around Camden is already intolerable. This is not limited to the night-time economy. We are bombarded with a cacophony of noise all through the weekends as well. Additional licensed premises can only add to the cumulative impact in the area and a rise in the already very high crime rates.

The application cover a number of types of establishments with their own issues:

Licensed take-away / food court units – these will have difficulty safeguarding children as it would seem impossible to ensure the recipient of any alcohol bought would be an adult. In addition there is likely to be a significant rise in litter and street eating and drinking around the area of Hawley Wharf as they do not appear to have sufficient seating for the number of outlets indicated.

The roof top restaurants have a large terrace that will subject local residents to noise all weekend until the early hours and the suggestion that they might be used for events is appalling. High numbers of people arriving and leaving at the same time is not what we were led to believe would be proposed for this space.

The brewery, winery and distillery are essentially bars as the applications want up to 50 people purchasing and consuming alcohol on the premises. The planning approval does not include for any bars/pubs and this is a ploy to have them by stealth.

There are multiple wither units that seem not to be food court units but separate cafes which are seeking off sales. Again this is not acceptable.

So I object to all of the licences and shadow licenses on the grounds of protecting

Children from Harm and Prevention of Public Nuisance.

There is no argument for making these applications an exception to the Camden Town CIP area and I strongly believe that it will add to the cumulative impact in the area.

I hope you will support the needs to the local community when considering these applications.

Yours sincerely,

name



TRACT Hawley Wharf letter C

Name

Address

address

xx June 2019

Dear Panel Members,

RE: APP\PREMISES-NEW\ 096181, 096184, 096186, 096063, 096139, 096145, 095970, 095993, 096005, 096008, 096012, 096015, 096046, 096048, 095966, 095972, 096003, 096055, 096057, 096060, 096168, 096173, 096177, 096194 & 096196

Shadow Licence APP\PREMISES-NEW\ 096192, 096190, 096188, 096085, 096149, 096151, 095987,095996, 096022, 096024, 096026, 096028, 096070, 096074, 095985, 095991, 096020, 096078, 096080, 096082, 096171, 096175, 096179, 096198 & 096200

I am writing to object to all of the above applications.

All these applications are within the CIPA and therefore there is a presumption to refuse them. I disagree that the applicant has shown that any of these is an exception to that presumption, or that it will not add to the cumulative impact of the area.

The situation for residents around Camden is already intolerable and is not limited to the night-time economy. Additional licensed premises can only add to the cumulative impact.

Arches brewery, winery, distillery

Arch E5 is stated as being a Brewery and Arches E2 & N6 are stated as being either a Winery or Distillery. All three of these units are under Lab Tech’s F&B provision rather than retail outlets. The capacity is noted in the proposed conditions is not to exceed 50 at any one time for each unit (even though each unit is of a different sqm area). This could mean up to 150 customers drinking at any given time and suggests vertical drinking. External seating areas are included which makes the intention for the unit to be used as a drinking establishment clear. There are no bar/pub uses in the planning approval for Hawley Wharf.

If tasting is offered it should be in sample cups and not sold as in a bar.

I am also very concerned about the possibility of TENS applications to hold drinking festivals within the Hawley Wharf wider premises and seek the panels support in preventing such events.

Roof top restaurants

There are no capacities indicated in the application for either restaurant. The terrace area is substantial but is also a circulation route and means of escape. No seating should be located around the perimeter balustrade and no vertical drinking to be allowed at all. A maximum capacity should be agreed for each building and terrace areas with the whole terrace being rendered unusable from 21:00hrs to 08:00hrs the following day. The number of smokers must be limited and only allowed in agreed designated smoking areas. Noise from the terrace will be a particular issue in the summer when more people want to be outside and residents are enjoying their gardens and have windows open.

The marketing information and consultations with the local community suggested high end dining / family restaurants. The inclusion of live music and events does not support this.

We are very concerned about the plan to hold events in the restaurants. Events suggest a more drink led venue rather than food led. Events typically have large numbers of people arriving and leaving around the same time and goes against all the supporting evidence provided by the applicant including their acoustic report. Large groups of people departing after drinking will cause disturbance to the local residents and children. Impacting on sleep, health and ability to enjoy their own property.

Food Court

Each of these licence applications covers a single unit or multiple-units, some of which are self-contained and others part of the open food court.

There is no reason for off sales to be allowed for any of the enclosed units given that they are self-contained. There is no indication of capacities or the type of products to be sold.

S15, S13 and S8 are all within the arches and have the possibility of their own seating areas and a small external seating area. The doors and windows should remain closed at all times when recorder music is being played. Given the space for seating within the arch units they is no reason whey they should have an off-sales licence.

Most of the units will utilise the shared food court seating areas which appear to be far too small in capacity to support the number of F&B units. Given the number of different units within the above licence applications it is clear that many customers seeking take-away food will disperse around the building and out onto the surrounding areas outside Hawley Warf due to lack of seating availability at peak times. It is impossible to know if someone will find a seat within a designated area when they are queuing to purchase food or drink.

My representation is based on the following:

The prevention of crime and disorder:

· Increased number of inebriated people in the surrounding streets and towpath causing fights & disorder

· Increase in drug dealing in the areas adjacent to Hawley Wharf outside the control of HW security due to large groups of drinkers

· Risk of dropping glasses/bottles etc through the balustrade of upper floors injuring people below

Public Safety:

· Risk of blocking the circulation routes / fire egress routes around the roof terrace if the seating area is not designated and managed

The Protection of Children from Harm

· If sales of alcohol are allowed for consumption within the food court or elsewhere within Hawley Wharf it will be hard to ensure that children are not accessing alcohol by having it bought for them by others.

The prevention of public nuisance:

· Disturbance to local residents from recorded music escaping from the units through doors as people go in and out or if shop fronts are left open

· Increase in urination in local streets from inebriated people

· Noise disturbance to local residents impacting on their enjoyment of their own homes from inebriated people in residential streets

· Live music will be louder than recorded and is likely to cause disturbance to local residents when doors are opened and closed.

· Disturbance from noise of people on the terrace talking loudly, mobile phone use etc

· Events in the restaurants or on the terrace will cause unacceptable disturbance both day and night due to large number of people arriving and departing around the same time causing noise form talking, car doors slamming and raised voices of inebriated people.

· Noise and pollution created by multiple deliveries and collections including bottle collections.

· Staff leaving later than customers making noise.

The fact that Lab Tech is seeking a Shadow Licence for each of these premises is of great concern. If there are issues with an operator I would like to see the licence revoked.

We hope you will support the needs to the local community when considering these applications.

Yours sincerely,

name


Here are the 3 template document versions for you to choose from as Google Documents:

TRACT Hawley Wharf letter A
TRACT Hawley Wharf letter B
TRACT Hawley Wharf letter C

Here are the 3 template document versions for you to choose from as PDF Documents:

TRACT Hawley Wharf letter A.pdf
TRACT Hawley Wharf letter B.pdf
TRACT Hawley Wharf letter C.pdf

Here are the 3 template document versions for you to choose from as Microsoft Word Documents:

TRACT Hawley Wharf letter a.docx
TRACT Hawley Wharf letter b.docx
TRACT Hawley Wharf letter c.docx

Once you have chosen the document you want to use, then you just need to Copy and paste all the text of one of the three template letters below into a new email, and edit the beginning and end of the letter with your own details. It is very important that you keep all the APP\PREMISES-NEW\ reference numbers on and address the email to licensingrepresentation@camden.gov.uk

BEFORE midnight on Friday 21st June 2019

If you would like to read more detail on it all then here are more links to pages we have prepared for you to read:

Thank you for taking part, and good luck to us

Best wishes, TRACT

2019-05-30 CNJ Hawley Wharf 50 licenses_Redacted_Reduced.pdf

2019-05-30 CNJ Hawley Wharf 50 licenses

50 applications for alcohol licences from Wharf development

FEARS OVER NEW VENUE BOOZE BIDS

50 booze bids put in for new-look Wharf

AN explosion of 50 new alcohol licence applications for Camden Town have hit the desk of council chiefs, leaving residents fearing their streets will become wrecked by drunk revellers and late-night disorder.

The Town Hall must decide whether the new licences should be granted to food and drink operators who are sizing up moves into the expansive new Hawley Wharf development close to Camden Lock.

Opponents say the council should stick to a "cumulative impact policy" which marked up Camden Town as being so saturated with places to buy booze that, in order to protect residents, there would be a "presumption" not to license any more.

The council, however, has made exceptions over the past year.

The battle to limit how many venues can sell alcohol - and when - comes as the landlord of one of the area's oldest and most famous venues raises his fears about how the new canalside complex could put the squeeze on some of the existing pubs who have helped put Camden Town on the map.

Writing in the New Journal, Henry Conlon, boss at the Dublin Castle music pub in Parkway, which provided a launchpad for bands such as Madness, Blur and Travis at the start of their careers, said: "I'm certain that a detrimental effect will occur to surrounding established businesses who have battled to survive until now."

He said he would be tracking the applications at Hawley Wharf to see if they would succeed where, he said, existing venues had struggled, adding that some of Camden's historic bars had often faced hurdles in securing even minor amendments to their licences under the council's policy.

Hawley Wharf, partly built on the site of the 2009 Camden Market fire, is still under construction but has already changed the face of NW1. Developers LabTech hope to get the new buildings open this year, having mapped out a new cinema, 150 retail units and around 60 places to eat or drink, the majority of which are likely to want the right to sell alcohol.

The identities of who may be moving into Hawley Wharf is not yet known.

Earlier this year, a new group of combined residents' associations in the area banded together and called on the council to remain vigilant about a likely rush of licensing applications.

Patricia Thomas, from TRACT - the tenants and residents associations of Camden Town - said that the number of licensed venues in the Stables Market, as an example, had slowly crept up, despite an overarching policy which comes with a "presumption" to refuse all new and variation applications.

She said: "The changes seem to be the result of a too generous interpretation of cumulative impact, the fact that applicants wisely ensure that they can be seen as exceptions, combined with the fact that it is nicer to say yes."

Ms Thomas added: "The health of our members suffers regularly from the effect of the night-time economy on their well being and particularly on their sleep."

Eleanor Botwright, who retired last week as the manager of the Castlehaven Community Centre, said: "The new licences are going to compound an already intolerable situation.

"The most concern is for the children who are having their sleep disturbed at night, and the difficulty this causes for their education. They are just not ready for it, along with people being too tired to go to work."

She added that security teams in Camden Town did "incredibly efficient jobs" but people were being displaced into the residential streets and the open space at Castlehaven.

Council cabinet councillor Meric Apak said that he was "satisfied that the cumulative impact policy is being correctly applied to applications we receive in those cumulative impact areas, and are based on the merits of each of the application", adding: "We only grant applications if a panel considering those applications are satisfied that there is an exception."

But he added that he had heard the concerns of residents over the number of licensed premises that had been approved over time and said he would ask council officers to investigate and a change in the policy could be possible when it was next up for review.

A spokesman for Camden Market said: "We have applied for 25 new premises licences, plus 25 'shadow' licences. The shadow licences will be held by us and will mirror the 25 operator licences in order to allow better governance of Hawley Wharf and tight landlord controls of operators. All except two of these applications will stop serving alcohol at 9pm." He added: "The two rooftop restaurants are the exception but will still fall within the London Borough of Camden framework hours with alcohol sales ceasing at 11.30pm Monday to Thursday, midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and 11.30pm on Sundays. Every premises will be tightly conditioned to control their use.

"We will continue to work with the local community and believe that, once open, Hawley Wharf will complement the existing offer in Camden Town and be a great space for those who live and work in the area and those who visit."