Leeds lap dance clubs axed in “sensitive” locations

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The number of lap dancing clubs in Leeds has been slashed after licensing bosses ruled that several in “sensitive” locations should be axed.

Half of the city’s six strip venues had applications to renew their sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licences rejected by the city council.

Deep Blue, opposite Leeds railway station on Wellington Street, and Red Leopard and Wildcats, on The Headrow, have been ordered to shut by next Friday.

Liberte and Purple Door, both located on York Place, had their licences approved.

The application for Silks, on Sovereign Place, was approved for a period expiring next June.

The decision by the licensing sub-committee was taken after the council introduced a new policy on SEVs in September. Drawn up following a public consultation, the policy states there should be a maximum of four SEVs in Leeds.

The council said the decision was taken to refuse three licences “due to the number of buildings with sensitive uses nearby to the location of the premises”.

Coun Becky Charlwood, who chairs the licensing committee and was on the working group that drafted the new policy – but who was not involved in the licensing decisions – said: “I’m very pleased that the committee have applied the policy of the council.

“This policy change was created through public engagement and was heavily consulted upon.

“These were no doubt difficult decisions to make, but I think it is right to use the powers we have available to us as a council to help fulfil our ambition to be the best city in the UK for all our citizens and visitors.”

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