While every other element at Westfield’s £1.45bn Stratford City Olympics shopping centre is flying seamlessly out of the ground, its plans to build the UK’s first “large” casino at the site remain a frustratingly distant dream at present.
Newham selected Westfield with Aspers to build the UK’s first “large casino” at the Stratford City site next to the Olympic Park in March.
The partners pledged to have the 65,000 sq ft casino open with the shopping centre in September. It will be located in the Central Arcade.
In April, however, the losing bidders, City & Eastern and Apollo Genting, lodged separate applications for a Judicial Review of Newham’s decision. The High Court was expected to take up to eight weeks to decide whether or not to allow the respective appeals.
A spokesman for City & Eastern said today however that a date was yet to be set for an oral hearing at which a Judge would decide whether it had leave to appeal. Given that the judiciary goes on holiday in July and August the spokesman suggested there was not much likelihood of a formal decision before September.
And even then if the application is turned down the parties will have leave to appeal that decision.
All concerned want speedy clarification on this matter but it does not look like the UK legal system is about to oblige on this occasion.