Jennings Bet, which currently sits alongside the Emmaus charity's 'Out of Emmaus Workshop' has applied to take the unit and relocate from its current store.

An application, made to St Albans City & District Council's planning committee by Betting Shop Operations Ltd, would see the usage of 61 St Peter's Street changed from 'shop' to 'betting shop'.

Alterations to the shopfront are also included in the plans.

Jennings Bet's existing location is under threat from another proposed development.

Herts Advertiser: Proposed elevations of the new Jennings Bet store.Proposed elevations of the new Jennings Bet store. (Image: ZDA / St Albans City & District Council)

A covering letter attached to the application reads: "(The application) is a land use swap from Jennings Bet's existing premises at 63 St Peter's Street, which is the subject of a planning application for mixed use residential / commercial development.

"The proposed development would allow Jennings Bet to continue uninterrupted trading as a result of the redevelopment.

"The changes to the shopfront would be minimal and would reflect the existing arrangement at 63 St Peter's Street.

"As such, there will be no harm on the conservation area where its character and appearance would be preserved and maintained."

The Emmaus store that currently occupies 61 St Peter's Street sells up-cycled furniture, made by members of the Emmaus Hertfordshire community in Hill End.

Duncan Lewis, Emmaus Hertfordshire's CEO, told The Herts Advertiser: "We very much hope to maintain a presence in the city centre because the current shop generates important revenues to fund our charitable work to help end homelessness.

"The unique offering of up-cycled furniture from the workshop in our community at Hill End is also popular with lots of the residents of St Albans and the surrounding district, many of whom are regular customers.


"We are currently in dialogue with St Albans City & District Council about potential alternative sites, but if there are any landlords who would like to provide space for a thriving, local social enterprise then we would love them to get in touch."

The application can be viewed by using reference 5/2023/2428 on the St Albans City & District Council planning portal.

No objections or comments have yet been made.