Restaurant plan for former Leeds lap dancing club

The former Deep Blue club
The former Deep Blue club
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A former lap-dancing club could be turned into a restaurant and bar if plans are approved.

Deep Blue, on Wellington Street opposite Leeds railway station, was one of three so-called sexual entertainment venues which were forced to close after having new licences refused by Leeds City Council in 2013.

The move, which also affected Red Leopard and Wildcats on The Headrow, came after council officials introduced a new policy capping the number of strip clubs in the city centre at four. A subsequent judicial review brought by the clubs’ owners in 2014 failed.

The three-storey Wellington Street building has been empty since Deep Blue shut and has fallen into disrepair.

Now pub company Enterprise Inns has applied to bring it back into use. It says it wants permission to use the site as a restaurant with a bar, but does not propose to make any major changes to the building for the time being.

Documents drawn up by Peacock and Smith highlight that any work carried out would not involve material alterations and would not have an adverse impact on the significance of the listed buildings in the immediate vicinity.

They say the works proposed would merely enable the building to be brought back into productive use.