PLANS have been lodged to convert a former Chester city centre betting shop into an adult gaming centre.

Rhyl-based Webbers Leisure has submitted a change of use application for the vacant Frodsham Street premises previously occupied by William Hill.

The proposed adult gaming centre, often referred to as arcades, would be open from 9am until 10pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 10am until 8pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The applicant currently operates three adult gaming centres in Rhyl, Caernarfon and Manchester.

The Webbers Leisure website states: "All three centres are equipped to a high standard and offer an adult only gaming environment.

"All the latest gaming machines are available, constantly updating to maintain high interest levels and choice for our customers.

"Webbers' employees are trained to maintain a high standard of service to the customer and are always available to assist with free refreshments.

"Promotion days are always a regular feature in the centres offering holidays and prizes to Webbers Amusements members."

Plans have been lodged to convert a former betting shop into an adult gaming centre.

Plans have been lodged to convert a former betting shop into an adult gaming centre.

One objection has been received by Cheshire West and Chester Council in relation to the application.

Chartered surveyors Elias Topping, acting on behalf of unnamed clients occupying premises near to the proposed site, states among its objections that there is already an adult gaming centre less than 100m away.

It adds: "The accumulation of gambling-related uses will dilute the retail offer and will not result in the retention and support of retail uses as required by the (adopted planning) policy."

In response, chartered surveyors Roger Etchells, acting on behalf the applicant, said there is "no conflict" with planning policy as the proposal does not amount to the loss of retail use.

"The replication/duplication of uses is the essence of shopping centres – especially larger ones like Chester where choice and competition enhance its vitality and viability", it added.

One representation made in favour of the application says it will "provide healthy competition" and "help to regenerate the area".