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 B Garner be elected as Chair for the duration of the hearing.
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 late items. Supplementary information in relation to Agenda Item 6 – Application for the grant of a Premises Licence for Oodles Chinese, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds was published and distributed prior to the hearing.
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.
To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory
The report of the Chief Officer, Elections and Regulatory presented an application for the grant of a Premises Licence for Oodles Chinese, 40 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 8LX.
Prior to the hearing updated information was given with regard to other licensed premises in the area that had not been included on the map supplied with the Agenda.
In summary, the application was for:
Monday to Thursday 11:00 to 01:00
Friday to Saturday: 11:00 to 03:00
Sunday: 11:00 to 18:00
Late Night Refreshment:
Monday to Thursday 23:00 to 01:00
Friday to Saturday: 23:00 to 03:00
Representations to the application had been made by West Yorkshire Police and the Licensing Authority.
The following were in attendance:
Mr Abid Mahmood – CBOX Ltd
Mr Khuram Akhtar – CBOX Ltd
Mr Mohammed Ismail Ali – CBOX Ltd
PC Cath Arkle – West Yorkshire Police
Robert Stirk – Entertainment Licensing
The applicant was invited to address the hearing. The following was highlighted:
· The applicant was willing to work with Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police and the Licensing Authority to meet the licensing objectives.
· The premises was situated in a location close to nightclubs and bars and granting of the application would reduce the number of people moving across the city to other establishments and therefore reducing risk.
· A reduced menu would be available for late night refreshment with an approximate service time of 5 to 7 minutes.
· Customers would be encouraged to leave the city centre after being served at the premises.
· The seating area would be reduced during licensed hours for the ease of managing numbers.
· Some concern as to the effectiveness of the Cumulative Impact Policy. Crime figures had remained constant and there had been an increase in violence.
· The applicant would disperse customers quickly and quietly preventing them from travelling through the city to other establishments.
· The applicant was involved on the Safe Zones Initiative that had been piloted in Huddersfield and was also a member of Businesses Against Crime in Leeds (BACIL).
· Staff would be trained to identify vulnerable persons.
· It was felt that the business could be operated and licensing objectives be promoted.
· Denial of the licence would have an impact on the local economy. The company would employ 10 to 15 staff, use local supplies and re-invest in the local economy.
· Security staff would be used to manage the premises and there would be a dispersal policy.
· Music levels would be lowered prior to closing and customers would be directed to public transport/taxis.
· In response to questions from the sub-committee, the following was highlighted:
o The number of covers would be reduced from 58 to 26 during licensed hours for late night refreshment.
o Customers took approximately 10 minutes to eat their food.
o Arrangements could be put in place for queuing customers.
o Food would be served in recyclable cardboard packaging and drinks in recyclable cans. Paper straws would be used.
o Additional litter bins would be provided and areas outside the premises would be ... view the full minutes text for item 4.