Neverworld Music Festival in Sevenoaks

I'm delighted to have helped the organisers of this fantastic event  (winner: Best Independent Festival, Aim Awards and Best Grassroots Festival,UK Festival Awards) to obtain their licence for this year's festival, running from the 2nd to 5th August 2018. Local residents had opposed the festival and the local council and Environmental Health Authority initially wanted to restrict it to a 2 am finish. However, by initiating procedures to control noise and limiting early morning activity to the heart of the forest, we were able to obtain a licence to 6am daily.  At the time of writing a few tickets were still available. Headlining acts Bastille (winner, BRIT Award 2014) and Clean Bandit (winner, Grammy Award 2015) 

'Thank you for your hard work in preparation for the case today. Will definitely look to work with you again next year, hopefully from the outset and much earlier' LD

Grumpy Mole

I successfully obtained extension of hours to enable this superb pub restaurant located in Epsom to remain open till 12.30 on Fridays and Saturdays and 12 midnight on Thursdays, despite its location in the  heart of a residential area. We were able to reassure the Licensing Committee that it is a food oriented business and that systems are in place to ensure patrons leaving the premises will not disturb local residents.

'Thanks for your help yesterday. We couldn't have done it without you' SN



Colebrook Music Festival

Colebrook Music Festival in Tunbridge Wells June 2018 (‘the ultimate tribute festival’) :

I won a contested application for this music festival. I worked with the festival organisers to produce a series of measures to ensure local residents would not be adversely impacted by the 3 day festival, which included over 60 tribute acts.

Licence obtained in Cumulative Impact Area (with reference from MD)

'Stephen, thanks for tonight. It really is a transformational day for the Brewery. You are now officially a "friend of the Brewery" and more professional work will follow. You have taken us out of a dark place into the light.' - Colin Arthurs, Managing Director of The Brewery

In 2013 residents were so upset with the Parker MacMillan nightclub that they succesfully reviewed the Premises Licence and it closed. Now, 4 years later the Brewery at Chiswell Street made application for a new licence at the site. There were objections from 37 residents and 2 responsible authorities.  An additional complication is that the site is located in a cumulative impact, the council having decided that no new licence should be granted. Careful consideration was given to the objections and, under my guidance, the Brewery were happy to amend the proposals. As a result the application was approved by the council.

Jazz and Soul Festival saved

Every year the Pantiles is host to a number of musical events held on Thursdays and sometimes on Saturdays throughout the Summer. The event came under threat when residents applied for a review of the licence. Stephen was instructed and resolved the situation by agreeing with residents to lodge a Minor Variation to ther Licence that would meet resident concerns and save the Summer events.

Smith and Western gets midnight licence at Bexhill

Residents objected to an extension of the premises licence for Smith and Western at Boxhill to permit licensable activities until midnight and close at 00:30am. The application was approved in the terms requested.

Troy Cox was “delighted with the result. We have engaged Stephen to deal with all of our sites and also train staff. You are friendly, always available to talk to and pro-active in sorting out problems. Thank you Stephen.”

Pub restaurant in beautiful setting gets licence

The Shepherd and Dog is located in the quiet village of Fulking near Henfield. Villagers including the Parish Council objected to the grant of a licence to include a beer garden area where an outside bar would be located. Villagers were principally concerned about potential music noise. The council decided to grant the licence subject to two additional conditions. David Pearse was delighted with the result. He stated that he wishes to work with residents whilst running a business and that any music played in the garden would be minimalist in nature.

He said “I am so glad I came to you Stephen. This was really good work, thank you so much for helping us. You where the right person to choose.”

Club gets 4:00am licence in Tunbridge Wells

Oscars, formerly known as Players Coyotes, was successful in obtaining an extension to its licence to trade until 04.00, despite objections from residents.

Owner Tristan Pemble said “I needed the extension as my business is in competition with other premises which have recently opened up in the town and are open until 04.00. However I wish to work with my local residents and avoid problems going forward. My solicitor was brilliant. As always Stephen Thomas took time to fully understand the issues and was able to put my case with clarity. What I like about the service is that Stephen will always deal personally with my case. I can ring him up anytime to discuss issues and know that he has his finger on the pulse.”

Liquor license saved

Police applied for revocation of a premises licence in Chatham. After hearing all the evidence the licence was saved. The licence holder has put in steps to ensure that there is no repeat of problems that occurred earlier this year and is on the verge of making the premises one of the most attractive premises in the Medway Towns. Watch this space for more news.

New hotel for Royal Tunbridge Wells

An application for a huge hotel has now been approved by the licensing committee in Tunbridge Wells, to be based at 1 Warwick Park. Construction is now well under way and includes the building of an underground passage between the hotel and its function room facilities. It will attract a lot of business and interest to Tunbridge Wells once the venue opens. There were objections to the grant of the license however I managed to reassure the committee that the worries neighbours had will not be realized and the application was approved.

The Farmhouse, West Malling, gets a new cocktail bar

The Farmhouse, a superb pub-restaurant based in West Malling. Within its grounds are a beer garden, covered terrace and two lovely, ragstone buildings. The owners recently decided to use one of the buildings as a pizza shack for the provision of takeaway food and the other building as a cocktail bar – unique in its operation for West Malling. Objections were received and the case went to a hearing on Thursday 9th June. I was instructed to represent The Farmhouse and am delighted to report the committee granted the application under the terms sought at the hearing.