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New planning regulations place control on casino opportunities

The government has issued new planning rules which aim to govern growth in the new era of the British 'supercasino'.

The new guidance will mean architects will be unable to convert buildings from uses such as cinemas, bingo halls and nightclubs into gambling spots without planning permission.

The ODPM has removed casinos from the D2 Assembly and Leisure class, making them a standalone - or 'of their own kind' - category.

These new planning regulations state: 'The aim of these amendments is to give local planning authorities control over the development of new casinos following the anticipated changes to the industry as a result of the Gambling Act 2005.'

The Gambling Act 2005, which will fully come into force in September 2007, will relax some laws on the activity and gives the green light for 17 more casinos to open in the UK - eight large, eight small and one 'regional casino', dubbed a supercasino.

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