Morrisons supermarket in Windsor Court, Morley, currently has permission to sell alcohol every day from 6am-midnight for just the main store building.
But, should the application be accepted, it would give the shop permission to sell alcohol from midnight-11.59pm – effectively 24 hours a day – every day. It also seeks permission for late night refreshment – usually hot food and drinks – every day between 11pm and 5am. The permission will also apply to the petrol station in the supermarket’s car park.
The application has attracted objections from West Yorkshire Police, as well as councillors and members of the public. While the police have since withdrawn their objections, the other representations still remain, with one Leeds city councillor claiming it will encourage young people to ask others to buy alcohol for them.
Coun Judith Elliot stated in a letter: “Leeds City Council has a youth bus positioned nearby during the evenings offering help and advice to young people.
“We understand that youngsters under age are asking older young people to buy drinks for them.”
She said antisocial behaviour was a long standing problem in the area around the supermarket, adding: “To sell alcohol until 5 a.m. is uncalled for we have as I have pointed out Anti Social Behaviour in this area on an evening.
“Morley Town Centre has a number of Sheltered Housing complexes with Schofield Court almost next door and Queens Court on Queen Street. Kirkness Court on Corporation Street and Jubilee Court on Marshall Street selling alcohol until 5am would most certainly cause trouble for these elderly
The application assured planning chiefs that the premises would have appropriate CCTV, a challenge 25 policy, and a refusals log.
Leeds City Council’s licensing sub-committee will meet on Tuesday, December 22 to discuss the plans.