Friday, 27 April 2012

Statement regarding Leeds large casino licence applications

Leeds City Council has received five stage one applications for a large casino premises licence.

In January 2012, the council invited stage one applications with a closing date of April 26 2012. The council has now received the following applications:


ApplicantLocationType

Global Gaming Ventures LtdEastgate Quarters, Eastgate, Leeds, LS2Provisional Statement


Grosvenor Casino LtdG Casino, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2Provisional Statement

Leeds United Football Club LtdWest Stand Concourse, Elland Road, Leeds, LS11 0ESProvisional Statement

London Clubs Leeds LtdThe Alea Casino, 3 The Boulevard, Clarence Dock, Leeds, LS10 1P2Premises Licence

Rushbond PlcMajestic, City Square, Leeds, LS1 2EFProvisional Statement


Applicants will now advertise their application in a local newspaper and site notices will be placed at the proposed location. Interested parties and responsible authorities may make representations about the applications until 24 May 2012.

The applications are available to view via the council's Public Access website at http://licensingapplications.leeds.gov.uk or at the offices at St George House, 40 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1.

It is anticipated that stage one applications will be considered at a hearing in July. Successful stage one applicants will be invited to participate in stage two of the application process, whereby the council will determine which application will provide greatest benefit to the city. Stage two is expected to conclude in spring 2013.

As the granting of a casino licence is a statutory process, Leeds City Council will make no comment on any of the applications and the council has no preferred location or applicant.

Notes to editor
Leeds does not have powers to grant a ‘super’ casino licence. This is a term used to refer to a regional style casino and not a large casino licence.

Leeds is only one of eight authorities with powers to grant a large casino licence, which permits 150 gaming machines with a maximum jackpot of £4000 and a gaming area of at least 1000 sqm.

ENDS
For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk