Southampton Large Licence
All the major operators have thrown in their hat to register interest in the new proposed Southampton Large Licence. The Southampton City Council will begin its discussions with Rank (Grosvenor Casinos) Aspers and Genting Casinos. It is considered vital to the new multi million pound redevelopment of the Royal Pier area.
Aspers Group are already veterans of the 2005 Large Licence having already obtained 2 of the Large Licence. The first Casino they opened was Aspers Stratford in the Westfield Centre which has now exceeded over 1 Million visitors. The second large licence they obtained was for Milton Keynes and is due to be opened in August 2013 and must put them in a good position to acquire the Southampton Large Licence.
Grosvenor Casinos are close to finalising the Gala acquisition to make them the biggest Casino operator in the UK which will of course bring them a lot of influence and experience to obtain Southampton Large Licence.
Gentings Casino have recently undergone a extensive refurbishment program along with starting the development on the £150 Million Genting Resort in Birmingham and being backed by Genting Berhard also have a great opportunity to get the Southampton Large Licence.
Southampton Large Licence Timetable
|Advertisement of competition/application process||April 2013|
|Stage 1 Committee hearings||August 2013|
|Applicants will submit information required by the Stage 2 Evaluation Methodology demonstrating how their application, if granted, would be likely to result in the greatest benefit to the Council’s area.||October 2013|
|Initial review of applications by Advisory Panel||November/December 2013|
|Dialogue meetings – applicants will be invited to participate in dialogue with the Council in order to refine, supplement or otherwise alter their application in order to maximise the benefits to the Council’s area.||January 2014|
|Applicants will respond to the dialogue with a final and best application||January 2014|
|Advisory Panel’s evaluation reports presented to the Licensing Committee||March 2014|
|Selection of preferred applicant by the Licensing Committee (minded to grant decision)||April 2014|
|Finalisation of Schedule 9 agreement (by legal advisors)||April 2014|
|Grant of licence||May 2014|
Who will be the winner of the Southampton Large Licence