The home of the bingo scene in Northampton has received the green light to add a casino to their facility.
Beacon Bingo on Weedon Road will become a bingo club and casino after the plans were approved by the Northampton Borough Council Planning Committee on Tuesday February 9th.
According to planning documents, the casino is operated by Merkur Casino and has its main entrance next to Beacon Bingo in the direction of Weedon Road.
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The casino can be open 24/7, 364 days a year, except on Christmas Day. According to Merkur, the actual opening times are determined by demand in the first few months after opening.
The facility will include 20 slot machines, around 26 electronic roulette terminals, approximately seven gaming tables, a sports bar and extensive food from the kitchen that will be shared with the bingo club.
The planning documents also outline Mercury's "strategic vision" for the gaming facility.
The documents state: "Merkur Casino Northampton's strategic vision is to promote and implement:
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"In collaboration with the bingo club next door, offer a new and exciting casino venue so customers can combine their leisure preferences under one roof.
"Offer 50 or more team members a new job opportunity in an extremely difficult leisure job market.
"Deliver much-needed investments in the Weedon Road property.
"Offer a lively, welcoming atmosphere in keeping with a relatively small casino venue.
"Work in a safer environment, in terms of customer behavior and safer gambling, due to a smaller floor and, in all likelihood, a higher management-to-customer ratio than many other UK casinos."
A Northampton Borough Council spokesman said in the planning documents: "The site has more than enough parking space to accommodate casino usage parking requirements on the site.
"The proposal proposals would result in complementary mixed commercial leisure use of these existing commercial leisure spaces. This would enhance the attractiveness of this local center and help diversify its evening economy and leisure function to ensure that this area remains lively, attractive and attractive during the day and evening all accessible. "
The Beacon Bingo site was originally built for use as a supermarket but was later converted into a 10-pin bowling center before being converted into a bingo club. In 1990 he was granted the building permit to operate as a bingo club.