A bureaucratic blunder delayed what could be a landmark decision on a Leeds lap dancing club’s plan to expand.
Members of Leeds City Council’s licensing sub-committee were today (Sept 16) due to rule on whether to grant a sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licence allowing Black Diamond, on New Briggate in the city centre, to double in size.
The licence application by the club’s owners, Illuminati Ventures, is the first since a new policy was introduced by Leeds City Council capping the number of SEVs in the city at four – three fewer than currently operate.
But the decision was postponed after it emerged one of the three councillors due to sit on the sub-committee had a “conflict of interests” that meant they could not take part in the deliberations.
Illuminati Ventures has already been given planning permission for its proposed expansion, which would see the club grow from two floors to four.
But it requires a new SEV licence to replace the existing licence covering the smaller venue.
A decision is now due to be made on Thursday.
The council’s limit on lap dancing clubs in Leeds came into effect this month following consultation with the authority’s Citizens Panel, which found that a majority of people thought the current number of seven clubs was too high.