Belgrave Music Hall: Leeds venue holiday DJ doubts council noise fears


Belgrave in Leeds city center has applied for a license to play music in the venue’s side street garden between Friday April 29 and Monday May 2, until 10 p.m. each evening.

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The venue, located just at the end of Merrion Street, says it will allow a maximum of 150 people at each event and that the area is “fully seated and therefore dancing is not encouraged”.

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Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen. Photo: Jonathan Gawthorpe

However, Leeds City Council’s environmental health team has raised concerns that the noise will disturb Belgrave neighbors in nearby student blocks, following complaints last year.

A hearing on Tuesday is likely to decide whether or not the license will be granted.

In a written objection ahead of the hearing, Senior Environmental Health Officer Vanessa Holroyd said: ‘There were two noise complaints last year in May and August alleging loud music from the Belgrave affecting residents of Symons House throughout the day and late into the night.

“The premises are close not only to Symons House but also to the Vita Students apartments.

“Therefore, I am of the opinion that outdoor events offered on consecutive days are extremely likely to cause noise disturbance to nearby residents due to loud music and patrons singing and shouting outside to the rhythm of the music.”

Belgrave already has a license to play music and sell alcohol indoors until 4.30am.

The haunt, which also houses pizza and burger kitchens, is one of Leeds’ most popular nightspots.

In its application, site bosses said that “the event will take place in the site’s side street garden.

“This event will feature DJs from 12pm to 10pm on the side street before moving indoors for the rest of the evening.

“The area is fully seated so dancing is not encouraged.”

A panel of three elected councilors will have the final say on the nominations.


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