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Solihull planners give casino the go-ahead

PLANS to build a casino and leisure complex at the NEC has been given the final seal of approval by Solihull Council planners.

PLANS to build a casino and leisure complex at the NEC has been given the final seal of approval by Solihull Council planners.

Councillors also agreed at Mondays planning meeting, to set up a working group to oversee and monitor the ambitious project.

Genting Solihull Ltd applied for outline planning permission to develop Resort World@The NEC which would see a 24-hour centre boasting a cinema, hotel, restaurants, bars, conference centre and a discount factory outlet as well as a casino for gamblers.

Councillors approved the scheme at a planning meeting held on March 14 but stipulated that a number of conditions - particularly that of accessible public transport for employees to and from the NEC - should be met before it was given the final rubber stamp.

NEC bosses have now agreed to make a contribution towards an improved public transport route to and from the NEC.

Councillor Jim Ryan (Con, Bickenhill) said he was satisfied the concerns he had about the project had been addressed and suggested a working group be set up to ensure the scheme continues to meet requirements.

Coun Jeffrey Potts (Con, Knowle) added: This scheme offers the way forward for the people of the borough. This will provide local jobs, hopefully for local people.

Members said an improved transport system in the area was crucial and would be an issue the working group would pursue.

 

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