‘Peace’ plea over Leeds warehouse plan

Goods inside one of Amazon's distribution warehouses.
Goods inside one of Amazon's distribution warehouses.
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Councillors were today due to hear objections to plans by Amazon to operate a round-the-clock alcohol distribution warehouse.

The online shopping giant applied for a licence to store and deliver products from a site on Millenium Way, off Westland Road in Beeston.

The application, which was due to be discussed at a meeting of Leeds City Council’s licensing sub-committee, is for the sale of alcohol 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but with no public access.

Amazon says it has safeguards in place to prevent the sale of alcohol to underage people by refusing delivery to addresses where an adult is not present. However, nearby residents have objected to the proposal, saying it will cause a noise nuisance.

One resident of Westland Road, who describes themselves as being in their seventies, wrote: “It is totally unacceptable to allow this to happen so close to a housing estate... All traffic passes our house to get to this and other units.

“At the moment the volume of cars, huge lorries and wagons on Westland Road is horrendous. With only one way in and out, each vehicle passes twice.

“The only respite we have is late evenings and Sundays.

“If this unit was allowed to trade 24 hours, seven days a week with the traffic and the noise, we would get no sleep.”

Another said: “We get Sunday respite at present.

“Surely we are entitled to some peace from traffic.

“I cannot have windows open. Please give us all some peace.”

According to a report to the licensing sub-committee, the council has to take account of the number of existing licensed premises in the area when considering its decision.

“Applications which are significantly out of character for a locality will need to demonstrate that granting the hours sought will not impact on the licensing objectives,” it said.

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