Details of the award of the casino premises licence
Middlesbrough Council will issue one large casino premises licence within the Authority's area pursuant to Part 8 and Schedule 9 of the Gambling Act 2005 and the Categories of Casino Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1330).
Middlesbrough's Licensing Authority resolved that it would issue a Provisional Statement to Gurney Casino Ltd on May 30 2012.
The process followed a two-stage competition.
Stage one of the large casino premises licensing process was completed and the Licensing Authority approved two applications for Provisional Statements from:
- Apollo Resorts & Leisure Ltd
- Aspers Development Ltd & Gurney Casino Limited
Stage Two of the large casino premises licensing process commenced on 19 July 2011 and closed at 12 noon on Monday 27 February 2012 following an extension.
One bid was submitted at stage two:
- Gurney Casino Limited
The Licensing Authority approved the issuing of a Provisional Statement to Gurney Casino Limited following evaluation of the submission.
Middlesbrough is located at the centre of the Tees Valley conurbation, which has a population of around 657,000 centred on the River Tees and access to over 6 million people within a 1-hour drive.
Middlesbrough is undergoing rapid changes and has already established a number of key assets including:
- Middlesbrough Town Centre - which is one of the North East's primary shopping destinations with a thriving nightlife including music venues, restaurants and cinemas.
- Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) - which attracts international exhibitions and has achieved national recognition.
- Teesside University - £120million has been invested in the university campus and it has been recognised with the Times Higher Education university of the year 2010.
- Middlehaven - a flagship waterfront development attracting international developer interest.
Middlesbrough Council's objective via the large casino premises licensing process is to secure the greatest local benefit for the people of the town. Consequently the following principles will be used in order to determine the outcome of the process:
- A clear and proven ability/commitment to deliver the scheme.
- Proposals for a socially responsible development.
- Commitment to maximise physical, social and economic regeneration.
- Proposals for maximising employment and training opportunities.
- Financial contributions to the town.
Middlesbrough Council will update these pages with all the latest news regarding this process.
Middlesbrough Council received two applications for the grant of a large casino licence.
The two applications are for a large casino at Riverside One, Windward Way, Middlehaven, applicant Apollo Resorts & Leisure Ltd, and at Gurney House, Gurney Street, applicants Aspers Development Limited and Gurney Casino Limited.
Stage 1 Applications Received:
Applicant: Apollo Resorts & Leisure Ltd
Site: Riverside One, Windward Way, Middlehaven, Middlesbrough
Application: Apollo application [430kb] & Apollo Plans [2Mb]
Applicant: Aspers Development Limited & Gurney Casino Limited
Site: Gurney House, Gurney Street, Middlesbrough
Application: Aspers & Gurney application [938kb] & Aspers & Gurney Plans [967kb]
Of the two Stage 1 applications approved, Middlesbrough Council received one Stage 2 submission from:
- Gurney Casino Ltd
The submission proposed the following:
- a large casino;
- a luxury hotel;
- a budget hotel;
- a restaurant/banqueting facility;
- a multi-storey car park; and
- the generation of up to 300 jobs.
The Licensing Authority resolved that it would issue a provisional statement to Gurney Casino Ltd on 30 May 2012.
Department for Culture Media and Sport - http://www.dcms.gov.uk/
The DCMS is responsible for the law regulating gambling and is currently implementing the new Gambling Act 2005, which comprehensively updates existing gambling laws, providing new powers and protections for both new and old forms of gambling, including casinos.
Gambling Commission - http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/
The Gambling Commission is the regulatory body for casinos, bingo clubs, gaming machines and the larger society and all local authority lotteries in Great Britain.
Middlesbrough Council - Licensing Department - http://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/licensing
Middlesbrough Council issues licences for a wide range of activities involving gambling, alcohol, street trading, taxis, and private rented accommodation.