Former Yorkshire Bank branch wants permission to sell alcohol

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A shop in Harehills wants a new licence to sell alcohol, despite being in an area protected against new licences due to drink-related antisocial behaviour.

The owners of Mleczko in Harehills Lane - formerly a branch of Yorkshire Bank - have applied to Leeds City Council to sell alcohol at the site from 8am-11pm on Friday and Saturday, and 8am-10pm from Sunday to Thursday.

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However, the premises sits in one of Leeds' so-called "cumulative impact areas" - zones drawn up by the council where gaining an alcohol licence is intentionally made more difficult for applicants due to drink-related antisocial behaviour in the area.

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The shop is on Harehills Lane. (Pic: Googlemaps)The shop is on Harehills Lane. (Pic: Googlemaps)
The shop is on Harehills Lane. (Pic: Googlemaps)

A document, written last year by Leeds City Council officers, claimed antisocial behaviour related to street drinking in Harehills and Armley remains a major problem.

This is despite the council’s introduction of Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP) zones in these districts. CIPs are areas in which it is more difficult to get a new permission to sell alcohol due to problems with drink-related antisocial behaviour.

The CIP was used to refuse a similar licence for Zuber Mini Market in Harehills back in September 2020.

The application was only made to Leeds City Council on April 26, while the expiry date for comments is due on May 24. Following this, a decision is expected to be made by Leeds City Council's licensing sub-committee.