Despite local controversy, supervisors in the Caernarvon Township in the US state of Pennsylvania have approved plans for a proposed $111mi Penn National Gaming mini casino.

About 40 residents attended a meeting on Tuesday with most giving their blessing after a March 4 Pennsylvania Gaming Commission public hearing at which the project was challenged, mostly on moral grounds, by many residents.

Over 250 attended that hearing, objecting for reasons ranging from drug trafficking and addiction to religious beliefs and community safety.

But approval was given on Tuesday to Penn National, which plans to build an 86,000sq.ft facility on 36 acres accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Route 10. Plans call for 750 slot machines, 30 table games, restaurants and an entertainment stage.