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Stranraer casino given the green light

March 5 2008

Plans for a new casino development in Stranraer have been approved by the UK Government.

No architect is attached to the development at present, with Stranraer the only Scottish town granted a licence, which is part of a larger regeneration project for the town.

Speaking to architecturescotland, Colin Bell of Scottish Enterprise said: “The proposals for Stranraer Waterfront envisage a mixed use development of residential, retail, commercial and leisure uses focused around a marina… the next steps for the Council are to commission preparation of a Masterplan and Urban Design Framework for the waterfront and town centre. This work will be advertised shortly... The masterplan will form the basis for attracting a development partner in due course. In the meantime, work is underway to install a 50 berth boat station at Stranraer harbour as a precursor to private sector investment in the longer term.”

The Stranraer casino is one of 16 regional casinos given the go-ahead by Parliament, however the Iain Simpson designed “super casino” that was to be built in Manchester has been dropped.

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