Leeds residents are battling Moon Light bar over its intention to serve alcohol and play music until the early hours
Moon Light is set to open on Street Lane, in a unit previously occupied by an American Golf store, which has now closed.
Bar owner Tuncay Hormetli applied for a license to serve food and alcohol until 11:30 p.m. between Sunday and Wednesday, and until 1 a.m. between Thursday night and Saturday night.
He also requested permission to play music until midnight between Sunday and Wednesday and 1:30 a.m. the rest of the week.
But 44 local residents opposed the plans, most citing fears over noise and anti-social behavior.
A council hearing on Wednesday next week will decide whether or not the licenses should be granted.
Roundhay’s three local labor councilors, Lisa Martin, Jordan Bowden and Zara Hussain, submitted their own joint objection to the proposals.
They said a “significant” number of neighbors had contacted them about the request.
Councilors wrote: ‘They (the neighbours) really don’t want a license granted that will allow this venue to play recorded music until midnight or 1.30am and/or potentially live music every evenings until 11:30 p.m.
“We agree with the residents. If this license is granted, it will increase the level of public nuisance in a residential area near a primary school, caused by late night music playing, alcohol consumption and taxis dropping off and picking up customers.
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Another opponent, whose name was redacted by the council in documents released ahead of next week’s hearing, said: “Many houses in the immediate vicinity of the premises are inhabited by families who, like us, have young children attending the primary school across the street.
“Anti-social behavior in the area has increased, including on our street, and allowing alcohol to be served until past midnight on weekends here poses the risk of a further increase and residents do not feel safe.”
Another said late cut-off times would cause “major disruption”.
They said: ‘This would cause major problems for residents’ ability to sleep peacefully, negatively affect home values, pose a high risk of anti-social behavior in the area and lead to even more dangerous traffic to an already heavily congested area. . ”
In his application form, Mr Hormetli said “two security guards will monitor guest activity and behavior and interfere with any guest who causes disturbance”.
The plans also received five letters of support from members of the public, which, like the objections, will be considered at the hearing.
One said: ‘I have spoken to the applicant and am confident this venue will be run with sympathy for the residential area in which it is located.
“Having read the application, I believe the venue will provide a much needed and desirable alternative to the public houses on Street Lane.
“It’s a view shared by my family and friends who live locally.”