A LAP-dancing club closed following a police raid could re-open.
Joanne Julien has applied for a licence to re-open La Salsa as a lap dancing club.
But West Yorkshire Police have already indicated they will object to the plan or ask for strict conditions to be imposed when it comes before a Kirklees Council licensing panel.
The licence application is for the performance of live music, performance of dance, entertainment facilities for dancing and late night refreshment from 7.30pm until 4am everyday.
The applicant wants an alcohol licence from 7.30pm until 3.30am with 30 minutes ‘drinking-up’ time.
Members of the public have 28 days to submit their views before a decision is due after May 8.
The application follows a police raid on the club in February and the club having its licence withdrawn on March 10.
Sgt John McFadzean, of Huddersfield South Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are aware of an application being submitted by a third party and at the present time it is something we would be objecting to in relation to it being a lap dancing club.
“If it was to re-open in any form we would be looking for stringent conditions to be attached to it.”
In March, the club’s owner Reza Shasavar, 35, was arrested on suspicion of people trafficking and child welfare offences after a police raid. He currently remains on bail.
Undercover special constables were allegedly offered sexual favours by dancers as part of the operation at the Beast Market club.
They had been sent to investigate allegations some of the girls working there were performing naked and breaking the rules that ban physical contact with customers.
While police were in the club, they also discovered a 16-year-old Romanian girl working as a dancer.
As a result, Kirklees councillors spent five hours debating its licence and decided to revoke the licence, saying they were “very unhappy” about the conditions that were being breached.
It was the first time a venue in Huddersfield has been permanently shut down as the result of a police operation.
New powers have since been introduced allowing people to challenge lap dancing clubs in their area.
People can now oppose the application for such clubs on the grounds that they bring down the character of their neighbourhood.
The venues are now classed as sex establishments rather than pubs or cafes, meaning they have to apply to a local authority for a new licence.
Local authorities will have the option to impose a wider range of conditions on the licenses and to limit the number of establishments in a particular area.
Huddersfield has two lap dancing clubs, which are Wildcats at Kirkgate and Centrefolds at Lockwood Road.
A third is being considered for Folly Hall and if that and the La Salsa application are approved, there would be four within a mile of each other.