Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds
Contact: Governance Services Copies of the full report with appendices are available on request from the clerk. For details of the new premises licence please contact Entertainment Licensing on 0113 378 5029 after the hearing.
Election of the Chair
To seek nominations for the election for the position of Chair.
RESOLVED – That Councillor M Harland be elected as Chair for the duration of the meeting.
Appeals Against Refusal of Inspection of Documents
To consider any appeals in accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules (in the event of an Appeal the press and public will be excluded)
(*In accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2, written notice of an appeal must be received by the Head of Governance and Scrutiny Support at least 24 hours before the meeting)
There were no appeals.
Exempt Information - Possible Exclusion of the Press and Public
1) To highlight reports or appendices which:
a) officers have identified as containing exempt information, and where officers consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons outlined in the report.
b) To consider whether or not to accept the officers recommendation in respect of the above information.
c) If so, to formally pass the following resolution:-
RESOLVED – That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of those parts of the agenda designated as containing exempt information on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information
2) To note that under the Licensing Procedure rules, the press and the public will be excluded from that part of the hearing where Members will deliberate on each application as it is in the public interest to allow the Members to have a full and frank debate on the matter before them.
There were no exempt items.
To identify any applications as late items of business which have been admitted to the agenda for consideration
(the special circumstances shall be identified in the minutes)
There were no formal late items. However, there was some supplementary information distributed to Members prior to the meeting in relation to Item 6 (Minute 6 refers)
Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests
To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 and paragraphs 13-16 of the Members’ Code of Conduct.
There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests. However, in reference to Item 7, Councillors Harland and Wilkinson wished to inform those present that they had taken part in previous hearings for applications made by Headingley Stadium, but that they would be approach the matter with open minds.
To consider the report of the Chief Officer (Elections and Regulatory) including an application to vary a premises licence, made by The Greek Community Leeds, for Greek Community Hall The Greek Orthodox Church, Harehills Avenue, Harehills, Leeds, LS8 4EU.
The Chief Officer, Elections and Regulatory submitted a report that set out an application to vary the premises held by The Greek Community Leeds, for Greek Community Hall The Greek Orthodox Church, Harehills Avenue, Harehills, Leeds, LS8 4EU.
Prior to the meeting, some supplementary information was published and distributed to the Sub-Committee which included some additional details of events previously held at the premises and responses to complaints within the written objections.
In summary, the application sought to increase licensable activity timings for the sale of alcohol and regulated entertainment, and to add late night refreshment to the licence.
Representations had been received from 7 members of the public, along with a petition containing 29 signatures, all of which were opposed to the application on the grounds of public nuisance and public safety.
The following were in attendance on behalf of the applicant:
- Jasn Karaz, The Greek Community Leeds
- Ironeos Livadiotes, The Greek Community Leeds
- John Howe, Licence Holders Agent
Mr Howe addressed the Sub-Committee on behalf of the applicant, providing Members with some of the historical and religious context to the premises. Mr Howe informed Members that the Greek Community Hall had been operating since around 1960 with a capacity of approximately 120 seated persons, and remained a hub for the Greek community in Leeds. Members heard that there had been no complaints to the Licence Holder or West Yorkshire Police since the grant of the first premises licence in 2015. Mr Howe referenced the car incident that occurred in February 2019, noting that contrary to the objections made, the perpetrator was not from the Greek community who use the facilities at the premises, and that members of the Greek community were the victims of the incident. Mr Howes was aware of the drug and alcohol issues within the local area, and particularly the prevalence of establishments who serve alcohol for consumption off-premises, but confirmed that it would not be the intention of the Licence Holder to operate in this way.
Mr Karaz also informed Members that he was a Member of the Executive Committee of the Greek Orthodox Church an experienced Licence Holder. Members heard that the main purpose of the application was to allow for approximately double the functions currently held, to support the local community and generate more income for the Church. Mr Karaz hoped to attract more weddings, in particular on Saturdays in the summer. The committee were informed the Executive Committee receive requests to use the hall for Christenings during the day and they would like to be able to sell alcohol at such events. The Hall also hosts other events such as charity events and birthday parties were alcohol is not required. If an event wishes to sell alcohol during the day, the Executive Committee must apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN); the purpose behind the application was to apply for an extended licence so that they did not have to keep making applications for TENs.
The committee were ... view the full minutes text for item 6.
To consider the report of the Chief Officer (Elections and Regulatory) including an application to vary a premises licence made by Headingley North-South Stand Limited for Headingley Pavilion, Headingley Stadium, St Michaels Lane, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3BR.
The Chief Officer, Elections and Regulatory submitted a report that set out an application to vary the premises held by Headingley North-South Stand Limited for Headingley Pavilion, Headingley Stadium, St Michaels Lane, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3BR.
In summary, the application sought to:
· To add late night refreshment Monday to Saturday 23:00 until 02:00 hours;
· Relocate the bar areas on the first and third floors of the premises and the addition of a new bar in the private dining area on the third floor of the premises;
· The removal of all bar areas on the ground floor to facilitate kitchen and staff areas; and
· To remove and/or replace certain conditions of the operating schedule.
Members were informed at the outset of the hearing that the following variation had been withdrawn from the original application:
· To add entertainment similar to live music, recorded music or dance on Sundays 12:00 until 22:30 hours.
Representations had been received from 14 (the original papers stated 13, which was corrected during the hearing) members of the public, who were primarily concerned by the potential noise nuisance for residents and families in the area. There were no objectors present at the hearing.
The following were in attendance on behalf of the applicant:
- Susan Ward, Headingley Stadium
- John Hill, Headingley Stadium
- Howard Willis, Licence Holders Agent
Mr Willis addressed the Sub-Committee, providing Members with further detail of the changes to the facilities on each floor of the premises. Mr Willis also informed Members that overall capacity of the Pavilion has been reduced, and that there was no intention to install any form of speaker system to the external of the premises. In response to a query from a Member, Susan Ward confirmed that the premises were all double-glazed.
Mr Willis explained in respect of the application for late night refreshment, the intention is to serve only tea and coffee, no more no less, in the facilities highlighted. It will be used when they have rugby and cricket matches or private functions. Last year, the club had approximately 12 weddings and some corporate events but it is not a facility which will be used often late at night, especially with loud music. The current 2am licence the premises already has is used very occasionally and it is not the operator’s intention to use it much moving forward.
On behalf of his client, Mr Willis explained they had worked with the community and were surprised about the level objection received to this application. The premises understood residents may have concerns about noise, however, Mr Willis explained that the functions held in the premises will be properly supervised and the anticipated type of clientele were not ones likely to cause a nuisance.
The Sub-Committee carefully considered the information submitted, both written and oral, and
RESOLVED – That the application be granted as applied for.