Decisions made on future of sexual entertainment venues in Leeds

The six existing sexual entertainment venues in Leeds have been advised of the outcome of their licence renewal applications this week.

Leeds City Council’s licensing sub-committee heard the renewal applications and public objections during the week commencing 18 November and after thorough consideration have concluded that the applications for Liberte and Purple Door (both located on York Place, LS1) be approved. The application for Silks of Sovereign Place, LS1, was approved for a period expiring on the 30th June 2014. The applications for Deep Blue of Wellington Street, LS1, Red Leopard and Wildcats both of The Headrow, LS1, were refused due to the number of buildings with sensitive uses nearby to the location of the premises.

Councillor Becky Charlwood, chair of the licensing committee said:

"I'm very pleased that the committee have applied the policy of the council, this policy change was created through public engagement and was heavily consulted upon.

“These were no-doubt difficult decisions to make, but I think it is right to use the powers we have available to us as a council to help fulfil our ambition to be the best city in the UK for all our citizens and visitors."

The council executive board approved a new policy for the licensing of sex establishments earlier this year, with came into effect from 1 September 2013.

Consultation from the review concluded that sexual entertainment venues should not be located in residential, deprived or rural areas, in prominent areas of the City and near places of public importance, ceremony and recreation. It was also concluded that there should be a maximum of four sexual entertainment venues in our City, providing those premises are not near properties with sensitive uses or in sensitive locations.

The licensing of sex establishments includes adult shops, cinemas and sexual entertainment venues, generally providing lap dancing.

The venues which have not had their licence renewed will be required to cease operating at 4am on Friday 13 December.


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