A casino which residents feared would be “damaging to the viability and vitality” of a busy shopping street has been refused planning permission.

Cosmic Casino applied to Waltham Forest Council to convert the former office of estate agents Clarke Hillier Ltd at 159 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, into an adult gaming site. 

Twenty-five objections from members of the public and four from councillors were received.

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The company applied for permission to open a games venue in the former office Clarke Hillier Ltd, Hoe Street. Photo: Google Maps. 

Concerns were raised about the venue attracting anti-social behaviour and having a detrimental impact on children living in the flats above.

Waltham Forest Council planning committee refused the application at a meeting on Tuesday, November 7.