Page last updated at 11:37 GMT, Monday, 2 June 2008 12:37 UK

Plan for resort's second casino

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The town is set to get a small casino after the House of Lords decision

A North Yorkshire resort could have a second casino within a few years after the House of Lords approved a scheme to build another gambling venue.

Now officials at Scarborough Borough Council have started the process of inviting developers and operators to submit proposals for the development.

The "small" casino would have a minimum gaming area of 750sq m (896sq yards) with a maximum of 80 machines.

No specific location has been earmarked for the new casino.

Tom Fox, leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said: "Finally, and after much debate in central government and hard work at a local level from the council and partner authorities, we can now move forward to the next stage of embracing this significant regeneration opportunity for Scarborough."

Public consultation

Mr Fox said the council would be working towards "finalising the criteria" for any proposed casino development in the town and aim to get the maximum possible regeneration benefit.

"We intend to go out to public consultation on these amendments to our gambling policy and criteria to ensure that everyone has an opportunity for input in the process."

Operators and developers will be invited to enter what is essentially a competition, to bring forward proposals for developments in the town.

No specific location has been identified and the council is looking to identify the most suitable location and mix of development to meet the needs of the area.


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