Copy of letter sent to planning department:
8th October 2013
Re: change of conditions and application for alcohol licence, for 1 High Street, Eynsham
I own the property above, which has A3 planning consent.
The business which currently takes place at the property is:
- Private dining
- Dining clubs
- Cooking to order
- Cooking classes
- Preparation of food for outside catering
In conjunction with the Eynsham Cellars I have trialled a “pop up” wine cafe, with an occasional licence.
We both run small businesses in Eynsham, which are well supported, but like all small businesses, we need to find ways to make ourselves sustainable and thus continue to support our community.
Given the demographics of Eynsham and the existing venues (pubs) we feel that a “Wine Cafe” offer is missing from the village. Our first trial re-instated this. It attracted people from the village who are looking for somewhere to go, but would not necessarily choose the available pubs. Our offer was:
- Good quality wines
- Wine flights
- Deli plattersOur event was extremely well received and we have had very positive feedback – we have had no negative comments.
We would like to make this a regular event. Thus I would like to apply for change of conditions. We feel the following conditions would be fair to the customers and environment, whilst considering our need to build a viable business:
- Option for a wine cafe once a week
- Option for opening until 11pm for a week night and midnight for a Friday or Saturday night
- Option to use back yard (as already allowed, see previous application letter attached to email).
- We will not have live music
Oliver Gauntlett, Iain Boyce and myself all hold personal licences. Oliver Gauntlett is the licensee of the Wine Cellars. We will be applying for an on-sales licence with either Iain Boyce or myself as the licensee.
We would welcome any comments and are happy to arrange to come to talk to you about our business idea in more detail.
I look forward to hearing back from you.
Copy of letter put in shop windows:
What is the “non-compliance with
condition 3 Planning Permission” about?
In April 2011, 1 High Street applied and received change of use to
A3, which is for a restaurant / café.
The conditions imposed where in line with the business plan I sent to the council. They state that only dinners for a maximum of 12 people can take place.
In line with the running of Cornucopia Cooks I am asking for the option to have occasions where people can “pop in” to “pop up” events.
Initially the “pop up” event will be a once a month wine café. This will be run as a joint venture with Eynsham Cellars.
We hope that this venture will help to make both businesses more sustainable thus enabling us to continue to support our community.
I am asking for the option of once a week, to enable an occasional other “pop up” event.
If you would like to discuss any details with me please get in touch:
- Pop into shop if you see me in here, or talk to Iain and Oli in Eynsham Cellars;
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 07551876285
The jargon “non compliance” does not mean we’ve been naughty!