City centre store Homemart asks again for alcohol licence after Wakefield Council rejected first request

A city centre store has made a second bid for a licence to sell alcohol, after their first was rejected by Wakefield Council.

By David Spereall
Tuesday, 4th January 2022, 4:52 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th January 2022, 4:54 pm

Homemart, which sells food and household goods, opened on Kirkgate in November in a unit previously run by clothes retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

But their application to sell booze was knocked back after several neighbouring shops and businesses complained, all of them claiming it would give nuisance drunks in the area more access to alcohol.

Homemart's bosses insisted they would "not contribute" to Kirkgate's well documented problems with anti-social behaviour and argued their stock was no different to that of a small Tesco or Sainsbury's.

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The store's bosses insisted before Christmas that it would "not contribute" to problems in the area if it was allowed to sell alcohol.

But a council committee concluded that granting a licence could cause "further public nuisance".

Homemart has now submitted a second application, asking for permission to sell alcohol between 9am and 10pm every day of the week.

Members of the public can submit comments on the application to the council, before a deadline of January 10.

Local Democracy Reporting Service