A once popular bingo hall near Wolverhampton is at risk of being demolished under new plans submitted to council bosses. A bid to tear down Mecca Bingo at Spring Vale Retail Park, Bilston, and replace it with a new industrial warehouse has been presented to town planners.
The app, by Maizelands Limited & Arringford Limited – a national financial services company – is an “opportunity to make better use of underperforming leisure use”, says a report on behalf of the company.
“This request is considered to be of significant merit, namely the provision of new employment space within an existing retail/business park which will provide employment and benefit the local economy.
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“The site consists of the Mecca Bingo Building and associated Spring Vale Business Park land. It measures approximately 3.4 acres and is broadly rectangular in shape. Proposals include demolishing the existing 1990s building and replacing it with a much higher quality modern development,” added Pinnegar Hayward Design’s statement. “The site is located approximately 500 yards from Bilston town center and 2.17 miles from Wolverhampton town centre.”
In addition to replacing the bingo premises with a new industrial unit, the work will see the construction of two new service yards, a new parking lot and a new access road.
“The site offers an excellent location in terms of visibility and accessibility for industrial use, with good access to the local motorway network,” the report said.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) has made several attempts to contact Mecca Bingo bosses for comment. However, they did not respond. Planning bosses will make a decision on the application in the near future.