A £120 million super casino and leisure complex is a step closer to opening on land at the NEC.
A casino premises licence was granted to Birmingham-based Genting UK at a meeting of Solihull Council’s Licencing Committee on Monday night.
The casino and complex, Resorts World at The NEC, is expected to open in 2014 creating around 1,100 jobs and more than 1,750 construction jobs.
The proposal still needs to gain a premises licence and planning permission.
Plans for the site include a 10 screen cinema, a 180-bed hotel and spa, a conference and banqueting centre, designer outlet shops, restaurants and 300 car parking spaces.
Councillor Andy Mackiewicz (Cons, Dorridge and Hockley Heath), chairman of the Licensing Committee, said: “Members considered this application very carefully and were fully satisfied that in granting this licence, many benefits and opportunities will be made available to the borough and its residents.”
Genting UK said Resorts World will add around £25m per year to the local economy and pledged to recruit locally.
Peter Brooks, executive deputy chairman of Genting UK, said: “The approved project will bring substantial benefits to Solihull and the wider region in terms of job creation and regeneration and will play a key role in the future prosperity and success of The NEC.”
Following a successful planning application, construction will begin on the development in late 2011, the company said.
Paul Thandi, chief executive of The NEC Group, added: “Resorts World at The NEC is the next important stage in our journey to delivering ‘Destination NEC.’
“It will broaden and deepen the appeal of a site that already attracts around three million visitors a year.”
Leader of Solihull council, Coun Ken Meeson (Cons, Dorridge and Hockley Heath), said: “It’s a tremendous boost for the NEC and it will have a significant number of jobs.
“As a Methodist I’m not in favour of gambling and I abstained from this when it came to the council. We were determined it will have safeguards for young people not to use it.
“Most of these venues across the world, similar to the NEC, have these facilities so it was at a disadvantage.”
Coun David Jamieson (Lab, Kingshurst and Fordbridge) added: “From a Labour point of view it’s about making sure that they recruit locally.”