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Fate of The Edge development in Great Yarmouth to be decided by councillors

PUBLISHED: 07:49 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:23 12 July 2017

Site massing, Courtesy of Collado Collins Architects/ Pater van Aalst

Site massing, Courtesy of Collado Collins Architects/ Pater van Aalst

Courtesy of Collado Collins Architects/ Pater van Aalst

The fate of bold plans to build the region’s only large casino will be decided today.

Proposed layout in context. From L to R: Multi-storey car park, casino, hotel, cinema, restaurants and indoor play centre. Courtesy of Collado Collins Architects/ Pater van AalstProposed layout in context. From L to R: Multi-storey car park, casino, hotel, cinema, restaurants and indoor play centre. Courtesy of Collado Collins Architects/ Pater van Aalst

Borough councillors on Great Yarmouth’s planning committee are meeting to discuss The Edge development in the town’s South Denes area.

The site is located at one end of the resort’s Golden Mile and is next to the Pleasure Beach and its owner, Albert Jones, is advancing the scheme.

The casino plans were first mooted nearly a decade ago, and planning consent was given for the ambitious project, which also included a cinema, bowling alley, restaurants, indoor play area and a multi storey car park.

The project did not progress quickly however and planning permission has since lapsed.

Hotel. Courtesy of Collado Collins Architects/ Pater van AalstHotel. Courtesy of Collado Collins Architects/ Pater van Aalst

Now, developers are seeking outline approval for a 25,000sq.ft (2320 sq.m) casino, which is less than half the size of the 60,000 sq ft (5500 sq m) one which was approved in 2008.

The rest of the scheme is similar to the last, but without a bowling alley and with slightly less restaurant space.

It is envisaged the scheme could be delivered in three phases, the first of which is for a £5m Premier Inn Hotel and Beefeater restaurant, both offers sea views.

The 81-bedroom hotel was announced at a public consultation event held in January.

Proposed massing. Courtesy of Collado Collins Architects/ Pater van AalstProposed massing. Courtesy of Collado Collins Architects/ Pater van Aalst

At the time Mr Jones said: “There has been a lot of work over the years to get it to this stage. We are delighted that the scheme will deliver over 70 jobs in the first phase alone.”

The next phase involves the indoor play area, the cinema and restaurant offering, and the third phase the casino.

In 2007 it was announced that Great Yarmouth would be home to one of eight ‘large casinos’ the government announced for across the UK.

Under the legislation, they must have a minimum area of 10760 sq.ft (1000 sq.m) and up to 150 slot machines with a maximum jackpot of £4000.

In 2012 the borough council chose The Edge to be the site of Yarmouth’s large casino, ahead of a rival bid by Palace Bingo and Casino which already operate a smaller casino in the town.

The Edge project could help regenerate a disused area of land which has stood empty for many years, and once formed part of the South Denes caravan park.

The previous scheme was estimated to cost around £35m.

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