Dessert shop can remain until early hours

Tuesday, 23 April 2024 22:41

By Alexander Brock, Local Democracy Reporter

A Birmingham dessert shop has been given permission to remain open until the early hours after agreeing conditions with the police.

Earlier this year Sweet Bae Desserts, in Hagley Road, made an application for a premises licence to allow them to provide late night refreshment between 11pm and 5am.

Conditions were soon agreed between the applicant and West Midlands Police prior to a licensing meeting, including one which means the premises will be open for delivery-only trade between 3am and 5am.

The conditions also mean that delivery drivers will not play music audible from outside their vehicle while outside the premises.

Meanwhile “prominent, clear and legible notices” will be displayed at all exits requesting customers to respect local residents and leave the premises quietly.

Speaking at a Birmingham City Council licensing sub-committee earlier this month, environmental health officer Peter Brown expressed concern over the proposed hours.

“It’s just a simple case of we believe the hours to be too late in what is a residential area,” he said. “We think there is a potential impact on residents above the shops.”

The director of Sweet Bae Desserts Limited attended the meeting and confirmed the police had raised similar issues before the conditions were agreed.

“Basically we’re trying our best to make sure there wouldn’t be any problems to the tenants who are living upstairs or around the shops,” he said.

The director also confirmed there was no extraction system at Sweet Bae following concerns raised by Environmental Health over “night-time noise.”

He also said the busy time period, including for online orders, was “all late nights” and they therefore needed a licence “to be open from 11pm until 3am or 4am, depending on summer or winter.”

Summarising their decision, a notice from the licensing sub-committee said: “The principal concern of the members was the risk level around the proposed very late hours.

“However, these had been adjusted such that trading would be delivery-only from 3am to 5am, on the advice of the police.

“The police considered that the licensing objectives could be upheld to these late hours, with the addition of suitable conditions.”

It continued: “After careful consideration, and in the light of the arrangement to be delivery-only from 3am, the sub-committee determined that the application could safely be granted.

“It was satisfied that trading would be safe and noted that all aspects had been considered satisfactory by the police.”


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