Concern voiced at proposals for Leeds United matchday pub

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Fears have been voiced about possible late night noise nuisance problems at one of the best known pubs in Leeds.

Bosses at the Old Peacock, opposite Leeds United’s Elland Road ground, have submitted an application to the city council for a revised premises licence.

The pub’s owner, brewing giant Greene King, asked for permission to sell alcohol in the outside area at the back.

Greene King’s application also requested the removal of two existing licence conditions.

One of them bans customers from the pub’s beer garden after 11pm. The other condition prevents external loudspeakers being used at the Peacock.

Greene King’s application will be considered by a Leeds City Council licensing commitee next Monday (Feb 11).

However, the firm’s original proposals have been opposed by the council’s environmental protection team.

A letter from senior environmental health officer Vanessa Holroyd outlining its concerns has been made public ahead of next week’s meeting.

In it, she notes that homes on Heath Crescent and Heath Grove are just 40 metres away from the Peacock.

Mrs Holroyd says “there is potential for noise nuisance from the proposed external bar servery”.

She goes on: “Removal of [the conditions] would allow loud music to be played outside on Sunday to Wednesday to midnight and on Thursday to Saturday to 0100 hours the following day. This would cause significant noise and sleep disturbance to those nearby residents.”

Greene King yesterday told the Yorkshire Evening Post it had moved to address the council’s concerns,

A spokeswoman for the firm said: “We are planning to invest a considerable sum refurbishing the Old Peacock and made an application to support this work.

“We have since amended our application in response to points raised by the council and hope this compromise will resolve the situation, allowing us to improve the pub for the benefit of our customers.”

The Old Peacock opened in the 1960s, replacing an older pub of the same name whose history can be traced back to the 1840s.

A popular Saturday afternoon drinking haunt for football fans, it was taken over by the Leeds United Supporters’ Club (LUSC) in 2007.

It flourished on matchdays but struggled for trade through the week and LUSC called time on its spell in charge in June last year.

The pub then had a couple of months out of action before reopening in August, with Suffolk-based Greene King saying it hoped to attract more family custom on non-matchdays. Click here to register and have your say on the stories and issues that matter to you

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