Takeaway in Chapeltown wants late opening licence

Environmental protection chiefs in Leeds have urged councillors not to allow a hot food takeaway in Chapeltown to open late at night, due to fears about disruption to nearby residents’ sleep.

By Richard Beecham
Saturday, 15th January 2022, 11:30 am

Food takeaways need special “late night refreshment” licenses to allow them to sell hot food after 11pm, and Barakah Bros in Chapeltown Road has applied for one to allow them to stay open until 1am every night.

Leeds City Council environmental protection team has warned that there were people living in flats very close to the premises, and that their sleep could be disturbed by visitors and noise from the restaurant.

However, the premises have responded by promising minimal noise would be made after 11pm, adding that other food outlets in the area have permission to open late.

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Environmental protection chiefs in Leeds have urged councillors not to allow a hot food takeaway in Chapeltown to open late at night, due to fears about disruption to nearby residents’ sleep.

The application will be dealt with next week by a panel of Leeds city councillors.

A letter sent to the panel by the council’s environmental protection team stated: “We believe that your application does not give enough information about how you intend to meet an important objective of the licence, which is to prevent public nuisance. We therefore confirm that we are submitting a formal objection to your application.”

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It added that there would be a potential for “noise disturbance” for the residents in flats above, while the hours of operation would set a precedent for other takeaways in the area.

The letter concluded: “The residents may be subject to increased noise from vehicles visiting the business, raised voices, car stereos, car doors banging, noise from carrying out their activities including the use of equipment and extract ventilation into the early house which will likely result in sleep disturbance every night.”

A response on behalf of the premises owners stated there were other similar businesses in the area with licences to open beyond 11pm.

It stated: “After 11pm we will be running deliveries till (sic) 1am. In order to ensure noise is kept to minimum we will be using our own drivers. The drivers will be instructed to wait in the cars and will be passed over the food packages into the cars when the order is ready to dispatch.

“This way we can control the amount of noise being made of car doors closing and etc. All drivers will be strictly instructed to keep music off. Drivers will not need to leave the cars. Drivers will be dispatched with 2/3 deliveries to ensure the number of journeys back to shop are minimised.”

It added that most food will be prepped before 11pm, and that a “limited menu” would be run afterwards, meaning minimal equipment would need to be used.

Members of Leeds City Council’s licensing sub-committee will meet to decide whether to grant the licence on Tuesday, January 18.

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