The planning application for a new conference and casino quarter in Blackpool was submitted to the council.

Blackpool’s plan to develop a conference and casino quarter took a step closer today as the formal planning application was submitted to the council.

Blackpool is hopeful of selection as the location for a super casino later this year and it hopes that outline planning permission for the scheme at the Central Station site will be secured for the development by the end of November, after a 16-week process.

The plans for the 23 acre (9 ha) site, bounded by Adelaide Street, Central Drive, Chapel Street and the Promenade, are expected to be examined by the Council’s Development Control Committee and will also be referred to the Government Office for the North West.

Local residents and stakeholders will get an opportunity to comment on the proposals when details of the planning application are put on display by the council.

Doug Garrett, chief executive of ReBlackpool, Blackpool’s Urban Regeneration Company, said: ‘We hope to have outline permission in place later in the year, before the Casino Advisory Panel makes its recommendation to Government about where the licence will go. The response from the consultation so far has been very good indeed.’