To consider a report by the Chief Officer, Elections and Regulatory which sets out details of an application which seeks the Grant of a Premises Licence for The Yard, Building And Yard Rear, 11A Main Street, Garforth, Leeds,
The report of the Chief Officer Elections and Regulatory sets out an application for the grant of a premises licence for The Yard, Building and Yard Rear, 11A Main Street, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 1DS.
The following were in attendance for this application:
· Mr Iain Whipp – Proposed Licence Holder
· Mr Michael Kirkbright - Partner
The hours applied for were as follows:
Retail by Sale of Alcohol
Monday to Sunday – 12:00 until 00:00 hours
Performance of Live Music and Recorded Music
Monday to Sunday – 12:00 until 23:00 hours
The application had received representations from West Yorkshire Police and the Environmental Protection Team, due to the prevention of crime and disorder and public nuisance. Both responsible authorities have since agreed measures, and those form part of the operating schedule.
In addition, the application has received an outstanding representation from one member of the public in regard to noise nuisance and public safety issues. The objector wished to remain anonymous and did not attend the hearing. All parties had received a redacted copy of the representation.
Mr Whipp and Mr Kirkbright addressed the Sub-Committee. This included addressing the issues raised in the representation and included the following submissions:
· This was an old building which they had spent £70,000 bringing back into use. They had tried to recycle / re-use as much of the materials removed during the building works as possible;
· They had received a positive response on Facebook with 20,000 hits;
· They want to bring people back into the high street and be part of the vibe of Garforth;
· The bar is to cater for a more mature customers, not selling cheap beers but more premium brand beers, it is proposed that it would be a place where people can chill and relax;
· The premises is not on a dangerous corner but is approximately 25 metres along from the corner. Members were advised that there is a parking space close to this particular corner;
· There is a car park opposite the premises;
· It is predominantly an area of commercial use, with little residential;
· They themselves had not noticed any increase in anti-social behaviour (ASB) and had with them a letter from the Leeds Observatory, which also stated that there had not been an increase in ASB in Garforth;
· Whilst carrying out the work to the premises they had used 8 yard skips and where possible had reused wood. There had been a bin used for the burning of scrap wood that could not be reused. On one occasion the Fire Service had been called out, and recorded the incident as a false alarm. The Fire Service had informed them that they could burn small fires, and after giving advance notice to the Fire Service, and they had burned old scrap wood 2 more times. However, they had been visited by the Environmental Officer who had told them to stop burning due to environmental issues, so they have not burnt anything further;
· The fitters working on the premises had parked in the yard during the conversion but had not parked outside on the road. Members were advised that the yard has joint access with other businesses and they also used the yard and it was suggested that the vehicles of which the objector had complained may well have been connected with businesses;
· The proposed licence holder lives in the flat above the hairdressers and had recently had a new kitchen and bathroom fitted. Unfortunately there had been a leak which had caused some damage in the hairdressers below. This damage was nothing to do with the bar;
· Whilst work had been taking place on the flat one of the contractors had played a radio too loudly but this had been dealt with when they became aware of the issue;
· The premises would employ door staff;
· The premises had installed CCTV;
· Challenge 25 would be adopted by the premises. They did not want rowdy groups of younger people;
· They would not be installing a TV to play sports channels;
· There would be no persons under the age of 18 years old allowed in the bar after 21:00;
· It is proposed that the upstairs will in the future be used to serve meals.
Clarification was asked for on the timings requested and it was as follows:
Sunday – Thursday 12:00 – 23:00
Friday and Saturday 12:00 – 00:00
It was noted that the bar would not at present be opening Monday – Wednesday.
Members considered all the information presented to them in both written and verbal forms.
While no maximum number of persons within the premises was imposed, the applicant was reminded that all necessary fire and safety risk assessments should be carried out and any planning conditions would have to be complied with as a separate matter to the licence
RESOLVED – That the premises licence be granted as applied for subject to the following;
a) Sale by retail of alcohol will be:
· Sunday – Thursday 12:00 – 23:00
· Friday and Saturday 12:00 – 00:00
b) No person under the age of 18 to be allowed on the premises after 21:00
c) Challenge 25 to be adopted