Former Leeds bank can trade as a pub... but it still needs planning permission

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proposals to turn a former bank building in Leeds into a late-opening pub and restaurant have been approved by council licensing bosses - although they are yet to get the planning green-light.

A Leeds City Council panel has granted an operating licence to The Potting Shed in Guiseley to sell alcohol until 1am Monday to Saturday and 11pm on Sunday.

It also has permission to serve food for an additional half hour.

A decision-making panel at Leeds Civic Hall heard that the former HSBC bank branch on Oxford Road was “quite a prominent building” in the area.

It is set for an overhaul costing between £750,000 and £1m and will also create 50 jobs, the meeting heard.

The panel was told there were concerns locally about “the noise generated from outdoor drinking and potential for disorderly conduct”, especially as the overall plan includes a beer garden and a terrace.

Councillor Billy Flynn, a member of the licensing sub committee, said he was “uncomfortable with the 1.30am finishing hours”.

He urged the firm to make sure that the terrace is properly policed and noise is kept to a minimum to avoid disturbance to locals.

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