Flurry of objections over late booze licence for new bar in Leeds city centre ‘des res’

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A late hours alcohol licence application for a new bar and restaurant in a Leeds city centre ‘des res’ has attracted a flurry of objections from people living nearby.

Leeds City Council licensing bosses will next week debate an application from ‘Archie’s’, based in the dark arches in Granary Wharf.

The bar’s operators want a licence to sell alcohol until 1am at weekends.

But a report being presented to the decision-making panel on Tuesday includes 11 letters of objection, most of them from people living in nearby Watermans Place, who fear increased rowdiness and noise if the application gets the nod.

Objectors point out that the Watermans Place block contains a high number of families and older people who already suffer from “noise and disturbance”.

The report also says that operator Ossett Breweries already runs two other bars at Granary Wharf, and these open until midnight.

One letter states that a 1am booze sale licence would mean people could not be leaving until up to an hour later, and in a residential area with flats “a mere 40 feet away” this is unacceptable . The person adds: “Other bars close at 12. This is still far from ideal but families know this and can choose to live here or not. This 1am closure is not fair to residents.”

Another letter writer says: “Watermans Place is a highly desirable residence due to its location and perceived quieter residential spot with the city centre.

“Noise levels are already at a level that can impact the people living in the area and Watermans Place is a populated mix of families with young children, babies, older residents and younger middle aged people. The request for an alcohol and music licence until 1am shows no regard or consideration to the residents and families.”

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s City Buzz revealed earlier this summer that Ossett Breweries was opening Archie’s Bar and Kitchen just a stone’s throw from its other locations The Hop and Candle House.

The £350,000 spend on the new venue takes the company’s investment in the Granary Wharf area to over £1million.

Archie’s - so-called because of its location underneath the Dark Arches - is set to open at the end of this month and will take over the former Wasabi Teppanyaki site.

The double-plot is currently under-going a huge makeover and will offer punters traditional food in a laid back setting.