by Anton Johan
Developers of a new £100 million leisure and residential complex in Hull's city center have received the green light to begin construction.
The Hull City Council provided Apollo Resorts and Leisure Ltd, an international casino conglomerate, with a provisional license.
This will be the first casino to be built with a 'large casino' license under gambling laws introduced by the Brown government.
Hull was awarded the large casino license and awarded it to Apollo, which was the only casino operator to apply for it.
The Hull casino, to be situated in the uber-complex known as Manor Mill, will be located on the site of the city's former Clarence Mill.
The city council will award a permanent license to Apollo Resorts once the casino has been built, but before it actually opens.
"Apollo is pleased to have been awarded the provisional statement, and after many years of work, are committed to delivering Manor Mill resort as a major new leisure and entertainment destination," said the Managing Director of Apollo Resorts and Leisure, Mike Nuttall.
He added that the group was very excited to be part of the scheme and to help deliver a significant number of local jobs and supply chain opportunities.
"We look forward to working with the community for many years to come and attracting lots of new tourists to Hull," he said.
The new complex will include a 185 bedroom hotel, a multi-storey apartment block, multiple bars and restaurants, and the casino.