I have had a small flurry of e-mails about this in the last day or two, although it is technically just over the boundary in Redland Ward. I thought it would be useful to put up a little information here on the blog.
The first thing to stress is that this isn't a planning application and none is necessary. It is an application for an alcohol sales license. As such, the rules about what is relevant are quite different and there are only four bases on which people can object to a license (known as the 'licensing objectives' of the 2003 Licensing Act).
- the prevention of crime and disorder
- public safety
- the prevention of public nuisance
- the protection of children from harm
The other difference between a licensing and a planning application is that there is a specific formal role for a number of public agencies, whose professional opinion is considered very important. These include the Police, environmental health, Fire and Rescue and so on. Local residents are allowed to make representations provided that they do indeed live locally and the law was changed this February to allow councillors to participate too.
The application number is 10/01390/PREM and you can find the details on the Council website. The deadline for representations is tomorrow - 1st July - and these can be sent by e-mail to email@example.com.