The Head of Economic Development Culture and Communities provided Members with an overview of the outcome of the evaluation of the Stage Two casino application by the Evaluation Panel in respect of awarding the casino licence.
Members were advised that the Casino Licensing Sub Committee on 8 April 2011 had approved two applications at Stage 1 of the competition however one of the applicants had subsequently withdrawn from the competition. The remaining applicants proposed casino operator had withdrawn prior to the submission of the applicants Stage 2 application.
As part of the evaluation of the application the Panel had considered the following criteria:-
· Deliverability in terms of the casino development and physical development of the whole scheme;
· Job Creation and Regeneration Benefits created by the project;
· Financial Consideration;
· Leisure Destination; and
· Prevention, Monitoring and Safeguarding.
Members were advised that the Panel had indicated that although the proposal was not complete due to the lack of an identified casino operator, the Evaluation Panel was minded to support the awarding of a Provisional Statement at this stage with a view to giving further consideration to the full proposal once a casino operator had been identified before awarding a Full Casino Licence.
ORDERED as follows:-
That the Provisional Statement for the large casino at Gurney House, Middlesbrough be granted and the default condition in the Gambling Act 2005 (Mandatory and Default Conditions) Regulations 2005, namely that no facilities for gambling shall be provided on the premises between the hours of 6.00am and noon on any day, be excluded. The Committee recommended that the applicant complies with the recommendations contained in the report of the Director of Regeneration dated 30 May 2012 in relation to:-
a) Casino Development;
b) Physical Development
c) Financial Consideration;
d) Leisure Destination; and
e) Prevention, Monitoring and Safeguarding.