Leeds invites applications for Super Casino

27/04/2011

Leeds City Council is currently preparing to invite applications for a licence to run the so-called ‘new generation’ gaming complex.But before the licence is officially advertised, the council is carrying out a public consultation on the principles it will use to pick the successful bidder.

Running for 12 weeks from May 9, the consultation will involve existing casino operators as well as key industry bodies like the British Casino Association. It will also seek views of local MPs, councillors, parish councils, faith groups and organisations concerned with the social impact of gambling.

A council report on the consultation indicates that, as things stand, the decision on the award of the licence will be influenced by factors such as an applicant’s proposed financial contribution to Leeds and possible employment and regeneration benefits.

The report also says the council does not have a preferred location for the facility. One site that has been previously suggested, however, is land between Leeds United’s Elland Road ground and the M621.

Leeds is among eight towns and cities that have permission to license ‘large’ new generation casinos. They will be three times the size of the current UK norm and boast up to 150 slot machines offering maximum jackpots of £4,000.

Experts believe such a facility could attract more than £20m of private sector investment and create around 700 jobs.

Confirmation of Leeds’s successful bid for licensing rights coincided with the axing of plans for an even larger ‘supercasino’ in Manchester.

* Views for the consultation can be e-mailed to: entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk

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