AGC operator Talarius has gained a victory in a planning dispute in Birmingham, which paves the way for the company to open up another of its Admiral gaming centres within the city centre.
A change-of-use application for the former hair salon on the city’s High Street had met pushback from the neighbouring Betfred betting shop, who in a formal statement to planning commissioners voiced their concerns that crime was already high in the area and that the presence of an AGC would place the vicinity at a “tipping point” in favour of local crooks.
Talarius refuted this claim, and evidently effectively so – with planning chiefs convinced by the company’s claim that “all [our] venues have a long record of responsible and compliant management.”
Talarius also argued that its products were all “low stake and relatively low jackpot,” and that any players who were obviously drunk would be denied entry.
“The committee did not consider that there was evidence that the applicant company would be unable to operate safely, even in a “difficult” area,” read the statement from commissioners, who added that “the applicant company’s premises situated nearby had operated without incident for a considerable period.”