The former Joli Couture premises which could be named Cuckoo and become a 'bar and canteen' according to documents before Wealden Council's licensing sub-committee.

Fresh licence application submitted for new bar in Uckfield

Update on Friday, March 3: A new alchol licence application has been submitted for the former Joli Couture boutique premises in Uckfield High Street.

A previous application for the premises under a new name Cuckoo, 75 High Street, was refused in January by Wealden Council after the licensing officer, environmental health officer, and police all raised concerns.

Members of the licensing sub-committee said then that the applicants “clearly had ambitions for the premises that outweighed their ability to reassure members they were capable of upholding licensing objectives”.

There is little detail in the latest application. It shows only the licensing hours being applied for: from 10am to 11pm seven days a week.

Previous licensing application refused

From our story on Monday, January 30, 2017: An application for an alcohol licence for the former Joli Couture boutique premises in Uckfield High Street has been refused by Wealden Council.

The council’s licensing officer, environmental health officer, and the police all raised concerns about the application.

And after speaking with the applicant’s representative members of the licensing sub-committee said the applicants “clearly had ambitions for the premises that outweighed their ability to reassure members they were capable of upholding licensing objectives”.

Dispersing patrons

There were concerns about music, dispersing patrons, fire risk, the number of patrons, re-entry policy and supervision in the upstairs drinking area.

Committee members gave the applicant’s representative the opportunity to elaborate on some confusing areas of the application said in their decision notice “many of the answers were equally confusing”.

The notice said the environmental health officer had expressed concerns at potential noise escape as the premises were not constructed as an entertainment venue, and had no attenuation properties for music or noice from large numbers of people.

Poorly prepared

Committee members said it appeared the application was “poorly prepared, perhaps not taken seriously enough, and appeared to be conducted without attention to detail and due importance attached to an application for a grant of a premises licence.

“Members had real concerns that the confusion and lack of detail did not reassure them that the applicant was capable of upholding the licensing objectives, or even complying with any conditions attached to the potential grant.

“There was a clear lack of clarity about what the premises sought to provide and whether it was a food-led outlet, or an alcohol-led entertainment venue.”

Scope to reconsider

Members agreed that should a future application be prepared in a thorough and complete manner, to include a better outline and detail as to what was being sought, and to meaningfully engage with agencies in addressing concerns, then there was a potential for scope to reconsider a future application in a more favourable manner.

Full details of the refusal can be seen in the decision notice on the Wealden Council website.

Licence application details

From our story on January 11, 2107: The application was submitted by Ms Monica Summers for the newly-named, Cuckoo, at 75 High Street. She described it as a ‘bar and kitchen’ or ‘bar and canteen’.

A report to the licensing sub-committee which meets on Friday, January 20, quotes Ms Summers as saying: “The main products we intend to sell are craft beers, wines, coffees, plus other artisan/mid-high end products.

Full menu

“The idea is to get things running then include a full menu after about one or two months.

“A ‘bar and kitchen’ or ‘bar and canteen’ would be an accurate description of the establishment.”

But the report points out that a planning application – now granted – did not mention using the premises as a cafe/restaurant.

Drinking establishment

The application was for change of use to a drinking establishment and permission for that use, given on December 21, stipulates it should be used for no other purpose.

The licensing application covers sale and supply of alcohol, late night refreshment and use of recorded and live music.

Sale/supply of alcohol for consumption on and off the premises would cover Monday to Sunday 9am to 1am.

Live music

Recorded music authorisation is sought from Monday to Sunday, 9am to 1am, with live music authorisation from Sunday to Thursday, 10am to midnight; and Friday and Saturday, 10am to 1am.

Authorisation of late night refreshment is sought from Monday to Sunday, 11pm to 1am.

Opening times for the premises are given as Monday to Sunday, 9am to 1.30am.

Noise abatement notice

Concerns have been raised by the council’s pollution control team who are reported as saying another licensed premises in the same vicinity is “currently subject to a formal noise abatement notice to abate noise from amplified music and people”.

The team says there is no detailed information about how noise emissions and people at 75 High Street would be controlled and a detailed noise management plan is required.

Sussex Police said they would not object to licensing being granted as long as a listing of conditions was agreed.


They included:

  • Installation and use of CCTV
  • No entry/re-entry, Challenge 25 and drugs policies
  • Use of SIA door-staff and membership of pub-watch
  • Restrictions on the use of the area immediately outside the premises
  • Staff training and the maintenance of various registers/manuals/incident books.

The licensing officer has also told the applicant that the licensing authority would be seeking clarification on other matters including:

Luxford Field

  • How the smoking area at the rear of the premises will be controlled, given the proposed midnight no entry/re-entry condition and the unfettered access from Luxford Field.
  • Details of the plan for the control and dispersal of patrons from the vicinity of the premises, and
  • The control measures for the mitigation of potential public nuisance arising from the playing of live/recorded music at the premises, the use of the smoking area, and/or the dispersal of patrons after closing time.

Regulations require the council to promote four licensing objectives. They are:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public safety
  • The prevention of public nuisance
  • The protection of children from harm.

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