An application for The Doll House club in Blackpool was refused by their licensing committee on 30th January on the basis there are already four clubs in the town and this is the limit as stipulated in their policy document:
The Sub-Committee considered an application for a Sex Entertainment Venue Licence for The Doll House.
Mr Woosnam, Solicitor acting on behalf of the applicant, Ms Sayers, the applicant accompanied by Mr Sayers presented the application.
Mr Marshall, Licensing Health and Safety Enforcement Officer, Blackpool Council and Sgt Hannon representing Lancashire Constabulary presented their objections relating to the application.
The Sub-Committee had regard to the Council’s Sex Establishment Policy. It also had regard to additional information submitted on behalf of the applicant after the Agenda had been despatched that had addressed the observations made by Mr Marshall in his representation. Members also considered additional information submitted at the meeting by Mr Marshall relating to a recent study undertaken by the University of Kent and a map showing the location of the existing Sex Entertainment Venues and the location of The Doll House.
Members discussed the merits of the application and raised concerns relating to the close proximity of other similar establishments. It also had regard to the Council’s policy in relation to the number of sex establishments that the Local Authority had deemed appropriate for the locality.
Resolved: That the application for a Sex Entertainment Venue licence be refused on the grounds that it would increase the number of sex establishments beyond the number deemed appropriate for the locality and nothing had been heard to justify deviation from the Sex Establishment Policy and the grant of the licence would be inappropriate having regard to the character of the relevant locality as the proximity to similar venues would mean that the granting of this licence would create a cluster of these establishments.
An application for a sex shop was also refused at the same time:
The Sub-Committee considered an application from Darker Enterprises Limited for a sex shop licence at 34 Cookson Street, Blackpool.
Mr Sullivan, Management Consultant engaged by the applicant, Ms Singleton and Mr McFull presented the application on behalf of Darker Enterprises Limited.
PC Robinson, Lancashire Constabulary, Mr Marshall, Licensing Health and Safety Enforcement Officer acting on behalf of the Licensing Authority and Ms Gregoriou, owner of Reform Health Club presented their objections to the application.
The Sub-Committee had regard to the Council’s Sex Establishment Policy. It also considered additional information submitted by the applicant in the form of photographs of other sex establishment shop frontages.
Members noted the applicant’s intention to surrender the existing licence should the application be successful resulting in the number of sex shops within the town remaining at two.
During an in-depth discussion on the merits of the application, Members raised concerns relating to the location of the premises which was in a mainly residential area and its close proximity to a school and a health club frequented by children.
Resolved: That the application be refused on the grounds that the grant of this licence would be inappropriate having regard to the character of the locality.