Great Yarmouth Palace casino application

PUBLISHED: 10:58 15 April 2011

A GREAT Yarmouth town centre has applied for planning permission to convert its bingo hall into a casino.

Palatial Leisure Ltd has applied to Yarmouth Borough Council for permission to convert the bingo hall in Church Plain into a casino.

The overall existing floor space of the bingo hall is 2,700 sqm and there are no plans to alter this, although the overall bingo use is to remain with a small loss of 10pc of the seating area.

However, the applicants have also stated they intend to use some of the floor space for a sports betting office and an application could be sent in for this at a later date.

The change of use is needed because licensing laws do not allow a casino within a bingo hall, though they do allow a bingo hall in a casino.

The current opening hours, 10.30am to 11pm, will remain the same and there will not be any changes in staffing levels.

Parking provision will also remain the same with a rooftop car park retained for customer and staff use with further public parking available in Church Plain and Fullers Hill.

The borough council granted permission for the building to be used as a bingo hall in July 2003 and the hall opened in July 2005.

In 2007, an application was submitted to the council to create the casino within a disused area of the building with staff and customer parkig available on the roof.

A planning officers’ report states the bingo hall and casino have become popular and well used features within the town as a whole.

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