Protests over plans for late-night booze and party tunes at Leeds old people’s home

Donisthorpe Hall, Shadwell Lane
Donisthorpe Hall, Shadwell Lane
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The boss of an old folk’s home has moved to quell fears over plans to hold late-night parties complete with booze and music.

Donisthorpe Hall, in Shadwell, Leeds, is facing objections from a number of nearby homeowners after applying for permission to hold functions providing drinks and music until 11pm.

Noise nuisance and anti-social behaviour are among the concerns cited in papers to be considered by Leeds council’s licensing sub-committee next week.

One objector wrote: “I believe it is inappropriate and potentially dangerous to allow alcohol to be sold in a building dedicated to the care of elderly people.”

Another said: “This is a nursing home, not an entertainment venue... residents are on high medication so alcohol until 11pm would not be advised.”

A third said: “This is an old people’s home, not a leisure centre.”

However, Jo Crossland, the chief operating officer at the premises, which are off Shadwell Lane, said the application merely sought to reinstate a previous licence which had lapsed when her predecessor left last year.

She added: “We have a function room and the functions we hold there are family parties, bar mitzvahs, 90th birthdays and that sort of thing.

“We have a lot of elderly residents and it means they can have parties on site.

“We probably hold no more than six to eight functions a year and some of them are little more than tea parties.”

Donisthorpe Hall is a Jewish residential and nursing home, with 230 staff, which looks after 182 residents in nursing, residential care and specialist dementia care units. According to its website “the accommodation and facilities can be favourably compared to that of a quality hotel”.

The company has applied to the council for a premises licence that would allow alcohol to be supplied from 7pm to 11pm Saturday to Thursday and music to be played from 8am to 11pm daily.

According to one objector, the site has a “massive car park” which borders a large residential area.

The correspondent wrote: “No one can give reasonable assurances as to the conduct of visitors.

“The application will mean that some will be leaving well after midnight.”

Another said: “An entertainment centre would destroy the calm enjoyed by local residents.”

Ms Crossland said a trustee had met with one objector who had agreed to withdraw his objections on the basis of reassurances about the proposals.

“He thought we were going to be opening a separate function facility, like some sort of beer garden,” she said.

A decision will be made next Tuesday.

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