Headingley Wetherspoons given permission – but Otley Run drinkers will be BANNED
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It brings to an end years of speculation about the site, which had seen previous attempts to bring it back into use turned down.
But, in a revamped licensing application submitted earlier this year, Wetherspoons had given the council assurances that the pub would not stay open beyond 11pm, and that groups taking part in the Otley Run pub crawl would not be allowed in.
Following the granting of planning permission for the site last year, a meeting was held earlier this month to decide whether to grant an alcohol licence. Since the meeting, Leeds City Council confirmed permission has been granted this week, with one of the conditions being to keep out pub-goers who were believed to be taking part in the Otley Run.
A council spokesperson said: “The council has granted an application by JD Wetherspoon PLC for the grant of a premises licence for the former Elinor Lupton Centre on Headingley Lane. Our decision has taken into account various representations from residents, business owners and local councillors. We have also carefully considered the relevant legislation and statutory guidance, as well as the council’s own licensing policy.
“The terms of the licence we have granted requires JD Wetherspoon PLC to comply with a number of conditions in order to reduce the risk of the operation of the premises leading to public nuisance or crime and disorder.
“One of these conditions is that the premises will not permit entry to people it has reason to believe are participants in the ‘Otley Run’.
“Going forward, we will continue working with the premises to ensure it complies with the conditions of its licence.”
Reacting to the decision, Wetherspoons spokesperson Eddie Gershon said: “We are delighted permission has been granted for the site in Headingley.
“We are as keen as ever to open a pub on the site and believe it will be an asset to the area.
“We also believe that it will act as a catalyst for further investment (for the area). We thank all those people who supported the application over the years.”
The site had been part of Leeds Girls’ High School, until 2004, when the school vacated the site.
A licensing meeting earlier this month heard plans for the site would see the pub serving alcohol from 9am-10.30pm on Sunday to Thursday, and 9am-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The representative added the site would have no entertainment or music, and would only show terrestrial sports and news on small televisions.