Manchester has won the lucrative approval for a super casino from the government on the grounds that the benefits of the investment would reap the greatest reward for disadvantaged communities.
The surprise winner was ranked 8th on the shortlist but is now poised to gain £256m of investment in a 5,000 sq metre casino, hotel and entertainment complex creating 2,700 jobs.
The decision marked a major setback for Blackpool, which had succeeded in winning the backing of the regional North West Development Agency. Blackpool had invested seven years of lobbying and planning and was confident that it would be successful with a scheme that would help to reverse the decline of what is still a traditional seaside town.
However the report of the Casino Advisory Panel found that Blackpool’s bid would not achieve the desired economic benefit on its own and would merely assist in the management of continuing decline.
The report also makes it clear that Brighton’s bid was rejected on the grounds that there were other locations that were more deprived and consequently would benefit more from the opportunity.
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