Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee - Wednesday, 2nd June, 2021 10.00 am

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.

No. Item


Election of the Chair

To seek nominations for the election for the position of Chair.


RESOLVED – That Cllr Andrew Hutchison be elected to the 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 against refusal of inspections of documents.


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.


Late 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 late items.


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.


Application for the Renewal of a Sex Establishment Licence for Whiskey Down, First & Second Floors, 25 Crown Street, Leeds, LS2 7DA pdf icon PDF 143 KB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Officer, Elections and Regulatory

Additional documents:


The report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory requested Members consideration for the renewal of a sex establishment licence for Whiskey Down, first and second floors, 25 Crown Street, Leeds, LS2 7DA.


The Licensing Officer informed the Members of the follow points:

·  The application was made by Tokyo Industries Ultimate Limited for the premises known as Whiskey Down, located on first and second floors, 25 Crown Street, Leeds;

·  No objections had been received from Responsible Authorities, members of the public or organisations;

·  Members were provided with background information on sexual entertainment venues in Leeds and also a brief history of the premises;

·  The hours of operation are:

o  22:00hrs until 04:00hrs Sunday – Thursday

o  22:00hrs until 05:00hrs Friday and Saturday

·  The application was appended to the submitted report at Appendix B. It was noted that section 54 of the application which specified the removal of a condition relating to the requirement of a SIA registered door supervisor positioned on Crown Street, was mistakenly included in the application and dealt with by a previous Licensing Sub Committee  in 2018;

·  Appendix D showed that no promotional information was used except that already previously approved;

·  Maps showing the location of the premises were provided at Appendix F;

·  Standard Conditions for Sexual Entertainment Venues was appended to the report at Appendix G.


In attendance at the hearing were Aaron Mellor, Managing Director of Tokyo Industries and Marcus Bentley, General Manager, they provided the Sub-Committee with the following information:

·  In 2017, Townhouse was purchased as a sexual Entertainment Venue, Whiskey Down. The premises had had 3 previous renewals, this was the 4th renewal, with no previous refusals;

·  Mr Mellor explained that Whiskey Down were trying to modernise how sexual entertainment venues are viewed by making them more female inclusive, as they are in America. Whiskey Down were now putting on Burlesque shows;

·  The premises had recently been refurbished;

·  Whiskey Down had not traded throughout 2020, due to Covid restrictions.


Responding to questions from Members, Mr Mellor and Mr Bentley provided the following:

·  Burlesques shows had been trialled at in their other premises. They have other premises in Newcastle and Manchester, with a new one opening in York;

·  The shows are cabaret style performances, with burlesque included;

·  At the renewal in August 2020, a number of conditions had been requested by the Licensing Sub-Committee. It was noted that these had been adhered to, including the wording of documentation;

·  It had been the view of the Sub-Committee, which sat in August 2020, that ‘Gentleman’s Club’ was not an appropriate description. Mr Mellor explained that this term had not been used as part of the 1st application, however, it had been changed as per the request from Licensing. It was not a term used by the company and had now been changed;

·  It had also been noted in August 2020, that the social media of Whiskey Down was more suggestive than agreed, this had also been changed;

·  There were no changes to the floor plan;

·  Whiskey  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.