Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government), Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to amend planning (a) regulations, (b) guidance and (c) circulars in relation to (i) casinos and (ii) gambling.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

We have no plans to change the national planning policy framework for casinos.

Statutory instrument 2006 No. 220 came into force in April 2006 and amends the use classes order to remove casinos from the D2 assembly and leisure use class. The effect is that planning permission is required for any changes from existing land uses for use as a casino.

The draft Mayor of London order provides for the Mayor to be referred any future planning applications for large or regional scale casinos because of their strategic implications for London. This order will be subject to widespread consultation.

This does not affect the regulation of casinos and other gambling premises, which is the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

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