Five bidders have been named for the licence to run a large casino in Leeds, as permitted by the Gambling Act 2005.
Eight “large” category casinos were permitted by the new regulation. Leeds City Council can award one of these eight casino licences. A large casino will have a minimum area of 1,000 sq m and up to 150 slot machines with a maximum jackpot of £4,000.
Property developer Rushbond’s application is based on turning the former Majestyk nightclub into a casino. The club’s location in City Square would make it a good, central site for a casino.
Leeds United wants to include a casino in its West Stand concourse development. Elland Road does have good transport links but is a little way from the centre of Leeds.
Grosvenor Casinos wants to open a casino on Quarry Hill in central Leeds.
Global Gaming Ventures has submitted plans for a casino in the Eastgate Quarters regeneration project, which is also in the centre of the city.
London Clubs International (LCI) already runs the Alea Casino, on Clarence Dock, and has also applied for the large casino licence. LCI has complained that its existing casino will suffer if the new large casino is awarded to another bidder. It has been claimed that the transport links have not been developed to Clarence Dock and the regeneration project has not been a great success. Certainly the map of Clarence Dock shows a number of empty retail plots.
All the interested bidders have until 24 May 2012 to make representations about the applications.