What will be the name for the new Gentings Casino at the NEC in Birmingham
Planning permission has been granted for a £120m casino complex on land at the NEC in Birmingham.
The decision was made by Solihull Council which had already granted a large casino premises licence to developers last year.
A hotel, spa, multi-screen cinema, conference and banqueting centre, and designer shopping outlets have also been proposed for the site.
Genting UK said it will create more than 1,100 full-time equivalent jobs.
The company, which trades as Genting Casinos, said it anticipated it would take up to two years to construct the venue.
Peter Brooks, executive deputy chairman of Genting UK, said: “The approved project will bring substantial benefits to Solihull and the wider region in terms of job creation and regeneration and will play a key role in the future prosperity and success of The NEC.”
Genting UK said Resorts World will add around £25 million per year to the local economy and pledged to recruit locally.
The planning committee stopped short of approving planning permission for the development at a meeting on March 14 and stipulated that a number of conditions – particularly that of accessible public transport for employees to and from the NEC – should be met before it was given the final rubber stamp.
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NEC bosses have now agreed to make a contribution towards an improved public transport route to and from the centre.
Paul Thandi, chief executive of The NEC Group, added: “Resorts World at The NEC is the next important stage in our journey to delivering ‘Destination NEC.’
“It will broaden and deepen the appeal of a site that already attracts around three million visitors a year.”
Councillors said an improved transport system in the area was ‘crucial’ and would be an issue the working group would pursue.