By Jacob Phillips, local democracy reporter
A new £100m London mega casino could be built next to Leicester Square.
Westminster City Council is considering building a high-rise casino block on one corner of the famed square.
The site is currently made up of 35 flats and a car park at Huguenot House but the building has been in a state of disrepair for a long time, with lifts and windows needing to be replaced.
The casino would be one of a number of developments aiming to bring life back to the West End including the Edwardian Hotel and the LSQ Building on Leicester Square.
Previously, Westminster City Council discussed converting nearby offices to create extra housing in the West End or selling off the property.
Plans to build a three-screen cinema were also put forward at the site in 2017 as one of six options for the building.
But now the space could be used to entice tourists back to the West End with a brand new hotel, cinema and mega casino alongside 24 new affordable homes.
At least half of the homes would be available for social or intermediate rent and would include large private balconies overlooking Central London.
If the site passes planning permission then the council hopes to start work on the new development in 2025.
But if the building is chosen to host a casino and cinema there will be 11 fewer homes in the development than before.
Secure tenants would be rehoused while works are taking place on the building. They would be given the option to return to Huguenot House when the works are complete.
The council hopes that if the casino was given the go-ahead it would create new jobs and would help pull more tourists back to the West End.
A consultation assessing all the options for the building ended on September 15.
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