Landmark Leeds bar licence set to be decided

Granary Wharf.
Granary Wharf.
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PLANS for a new bar to be opened in a Leeds landmark building are set to go before councillors next week.

Ossett Brewery Taverns has asked Leeds City Council to grant an alcohol licence for a unit in the ground floor of Candle House on Granary Wharf.

Candle House, one of the tallest buildings in Leeds, was built five years ago as part of the regeneration of the Granary Wharf area which is an increasingly popular night time destination in the city.

If granted, the licence for the ground floor unit at Candle House would come into effect in March.

The application includes the use of an outdoor drinking area to be available to customers until 10pm.

Councillors considering the licence application will be told a number of concerns have been raised including by residents of the apartments in Candle House including a petition signed by 37 residents.

Others have written to the council broadly supporting the use of the ground floor unit as a bar but asking for changes to opening hours and other restrictions to limit the impact on local residents.

One email written by a resident says: “I, like many of the residents in this building have lived in the city centre for many years and have enjoyed the transformation of this area of the city and the exciting new developments constantly taking shape.

“Granary Wharf has delivered exceptional quality of life within the city centre and we are keen to maintain this.

“While we welcome the new and vibrant businesses, we request due care and attention is given to quality of life which has attracted many of us here.”

West Yorkshire Police raised a number of concerns about the original application but Ossett Brewery Taverns has subsequently agreed to take on the force’s suggested improvements.

These include the installation of a CCTV system as well as rules governing the behaviour of door staff and the storage of glasses and bottles.

The council’s own environmental protection team has suggested the bar’s opening hours should be limited to 11pm from Monday to Thursday and on Sundays with a midnight closure on Friday and Saturday nights.

Ossett Brewery Taverns already operates The Hop bar in the railway arches at Granary Wharf.

The area was once at the heart of industrial Leeds but in the last decade has been turned into the home of restuarants, bars and a 300-room hotel in a redevelopment that has won several awards.

Members of the city council’s licensing sub-committee will consider the application for Candle House at a meeting on Monday.