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Casino plan knocked back by Council

Milton Keynes Council have deferred plans to build a casino in the Xscape building.

At a development control meeting on October 13th, the Council stalled on a decision as details it asked for two years ago had not been presented.

Outline planning permission was granted back in 2009, though this was subject to a detailed transport assessment. Instead of presenting the requested detail, X-Leisure, who are bidding for the casino, put in a new planning application. Consequently, the already completed public consultation on the plan, which also includes additional retail outlets and a hotel, is insufficient.

Speaking against the plans at the meeting, Conservative Councillor Catriona Morris, stated a letter explaining the revised application would be sent to residents.

X-Leisure will now have to review the plans and send them back to the development control committee.

If the plans are agreed, developers can apply for the casino licence.

In addition to the Xscape building, two other locations in the  area also have outline planning permission for the complex – the Leisure Plaza near the railway station and Stadium MK. Both venues are also expected to apply for the casino licence.