Attempts fail to block another betting shop

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City leaders have failed in their attempt to block plans for another betting shop in Preston.

Members of the council’s planning committee went against a recommendation from officers, by rejecting proposals from Coral Racing Ltd to convert a city centre property into a bookmakers.

Coral had lodged plans to convert Leisuretime Amusements in Market Place into a licenced betting office, but councillors threw out the plans amid fears of an “over concentration” of bookmakers in the area.

Now an appeal made by Coral against the decision has been allowed, after an inspector found the proposal would “add to the vitality and viability of the city centre”.

Read the full article in The Lancashire Evening Post online.

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