Quietlynn Ltd v Plymouth City Council: QBD 1987

A company operated sex shops in Plymouth under transitional provisions which allowed them to do so until their application for a licence under the scheme introduced by the Act had been ‘determined.’ The local authority refused the application. The company was then prosecuted for trading without a licence. It sought to allege that the local authority had failed to comply with certain procedural provisions and that its application had therefore not yet been determined within the meaning of the Act.
Held: The local authority’s decision was a determination, whether or not it could be challenged by judicial review. In the particular statutory context, therefore, an act which might turn out for a different purpose to be a nullity (e.g. so as to require the local authority to hear the application again) was nevertheless a determination for the purpose of bringing the transitional period to an end. The licensing authority had a discretion, subject to the requirements of procedural fairness, to take account of information which came into its possession even though it was not from a statutory objector or was included in a late objection.

[1988] 1 QB 114, [1987] 2 All ER 1040, [1987] 3 WLR 189
Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982
England and Wales
Cited by:
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CitedThe British Beer and Pub Association and others v Canterbury City Council Admn 24-Jun-2005
The council had required of applicants for liquor licenses more detailed information than was required by the statute. The Association challenged their policy.
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CitedBelfast City Council v Miss Behavin’ Ltd HL 25-Apr-2007
Belfast had failed to license sex shops. The company sought review of the decision not to grant a licence.
Held: The council’s appeal succeeded. The refusal was not a denial of the company’s human rights: ‘If article 10 and article 1 of . .

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Updated: 23 December 2021; Ref: scu.187075