Casino applies to double size in Arnold with extension plan

Google Maps Street View from road of Admiral Casino in middle on Front Street, Arnold, with closed Shayan's Fishmongers unit with light blue shutter drawn on left beside it and light orange Kwik Tan unit on other side, with light blue Nottingham City Transport bus visible on right next to it
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An casino in Arnold has applied to Gedling Borough Council for planning permission to extend its premises into the vacant unit next door. Admiral Slots & Casino, on Front Street, currently sits next to the closed Shayan's Fishmongers.

The fishmongers has been shut for more than two years, with its signage still in place and its bright blue front shutter pulled down. Now, the casino wants to move in and has submitted a "change of use" application to the council along with a request to make shopfront alterations and put up new signage.

The premises at 91b Front Street became Admiral in the summer of 2016, having previously been Sun Valley Amusements, a trading name of the same leisure company which owns both brands - Luxury Leisure. The company also owns the Kwik Tan chain of tanning salons, one of which occupies the premises upstairs at 91b and is accessed through the casino's front door.

The alterations to the premises will consist of the installation of a "traditional style shopfront" with a "ceramic tiled stall riser" and "aluminium framed glazing" to match the existing shop front at 91b. New signage will also be installed - but for Kwik Tan, not Admiral - and this which would not "harm amenity or highway safety".

The premises has been a gaming centre since the 1980s. The planning application argues that adult gaming centres (AGCs) are "established bona fide town centre uses which add to the diversity and choice of uses in town centre locations and which have no harmful impact on retailing activity. Use of the property at a time when town centres are in decline ought to be supported."

It adds: "Internally, there will be no noisy amusement arcade equipment which attracts under 18’s and has an impact on amenity. Unlike an arcade, which is noisy to attract passing custom, there is an obligation to exclude under 18’s from AGC’s. Such establishments are commonly found at the heart of shopping centres throughout the UK.

"Indeed, many shopping centres have more than one AGC in the town centre. There is no evidence that AGC uses have harmed any interest of acknowledged importance. AGCs rely on pedestrian flows and trade successfully in busy town centres and contribute as a complementary use to the overall attraction of town centres to the shopping public."

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