The council adopted a revised Statement of Licensing Principles from 1 January 2013.
Competition evaluation criteria and a scoring matrix have also been adopted; these appear below, together with a note of the procedure for the large casino competition. All correspondence, enquiries and contact regarding the proposed new casino must be directed in writing to the Licensing Team's large casino in-box, not the Licensing Team's general in-box. Please note that all communications will be logged.
Stage one of the formal competition started on 1 April 2014; applications for provisional statements for a large casino licence had to be made by 1 July 2014, when a total of seven applications had been made in respect of three locations in Southampton, as follows:
Stage one of the licensing process involved applicants submitting prescribed information to demonstrate their fitness to hold a large casino licence. On 4 September 2014, the council's Licensing Committee decided to grant provisional statements to each of the seven applicants (see above), who were able to progress to stage two of the licensing process.
Stage two of the licensing process required detailed consideration of each applicant’s proposal, so as to determine which proposal would offer the greatest benefit to the council’s area. Stage two of the process utilised specialist advisors who analysed applications and submitted a confidential report to the Licensing Committee, which had the responsibility to make the decision on which applicant should be awarded the large casino licence.
By the closing date of 10 July 2015, the Council had received four applications from applicants who wished to progress to stage two of the process. These were considered by the Casino Advisory Panel and their draft report on each application was sent to the respective applicants in January 2016. Each applicant was able to comment on the Panel’s conclusion, but not allowed to submit new or additional information.
The Licensing Committee considered each of the four Stage 2 applications over 22 and 23 March 2016 and decided that, when judged against the council’s competition procedure rules, the application by Aspers in respect of the Royal Pier development was to be awarded the provisional statement for the large casino licence.
The unsuccessful applicants were informed of the decision on 29 March 2016.
Other sites you may find useful:
Large casino representations guidance, list of responsible authorities, scoring matrix and competition procedure note.