Birmingham & Black Country

NEC casino plan given Solihull Council licence

Model of planned complex
Image caption Plans have been announced for a casino and leisure complex at the NEC

A licence has been granted for a casino on land at the NEC in Birmingham.

A hotel, spa, multi-screen cinema, conference and banqueting centre and designer shopping outlets have also been proposed at the site.

Solihull Council said it had granted a large casino premises licence to Genting UK, which has said the whole complex could provide 1,700 jobs.

The casino and leisure complex still requires planning permission, the authority said.

The overall plan also needs to gain a premises licence to cover the sale of alcohol, for example.

The council said it was anticipated by Genting UK, which trades as Genting Casinos, that the complex development would provide more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs and more than 1,700 construction posts.

Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, chairman of the Licensing Committee, said: "Members of the Licensing Committee considered this application very carefully.

"[They] were fully satisfied that in granting this licence, many benefits and opportunities will be made available to the borough of Solihull and its residents."

Genting Casinos has said the firm was "more than satisfied" it could show the casino would be a "responsible environment that adds value to the region".

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