Leeds Super Casino Plans Are Back On
By staff
Plans for a site next to Leeds United's Elland Road ground appeared to have been scuppered earlier this year by a Government climbdown on its controversial Gambling Act. Original plans for as many as 40 massive gaming centres were cut to just one to get the Bill through Parliament.

Now Culture Minister Richard Caborn has hinted that the Government might give up to four super casinos the green light and the odds are rapidly shortening on the Elland Road scheme being revived.

Britain's biggest casino operator, Stanley Leisure, paid £5m in October last year for first option on a seven-acre site behind the stadium's Revie Stand. The company wanted to use the land for a £125m development boasting 40 gaming tables and more than 1,000 slot machines. A hotel, restaurants, bars, leisure facilities and designer shops would also feature in a complex that would generate at least 1,000 jobs.

John Grogan MP (Lab, Selby) asked the minister in the House of Commons on Monday about rumours that the Government could be ready to soften its line on super casinos. 'After all those gambles that we had to take before getting the Bill through, the answer is that we do not rule out the possibility of asking Parliament at some future point to consider changing the numbers.' Mr Caborn replied.

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