Controversial bid for new Leeds nightclub hours withdrawn

Halo nightclub on Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

Halo nightclub on Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

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OWNERS OF a Leeds nightclub have withdrawn a controversial application to extend its opening hours after both police and university bosses voiced concerns over booze-fuelled crimes and anti-social behaviour.

Tokyo Industries (Ultimate) Ltd, which owns Halo on Woodhouse Lane, previously applied to extend the venue’s opening hours from 3.30am to 6am, and add two outdoor bars.

The decision was due to be discussed at a Leeds City Council licensing meeting this week – but council officials confirmed the application had been withdrawn just days before.

According to the licensing report, the venue had seen a spate of booze-fuelled crimes in the past year, including 52 thefts, 14 assaults, seven drunk and disorderly arrests and three sexual assaults.

Police had submitted objections due to fears it could further aggravate alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour, noise nuisance and criminal damage.

The University of Leeds, which is spending £27.5million on the new 24-hour Laidlaw Library next door to the club, also opposed the plans over concerns that rowdy clubbers could disturb students.

An objection submitted by solicitors acting for the university said: “We are concerned that students wishing to use the new library during the night may feel unsafe or intimidated by users of the club.”

The report also mentioned 27 clubbers were caught urinating in public on the university’s CCTV cameras on just one night last month.

Cat Sanderson, licensing officer for West Yorkshire Police said: “The premises need to be able to control their venue and customers within their current hours of operating before applying for additional hours.”

No-one from Tokyo Industries (Ultimate) Ltd were available for comment.

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