PLANS for a new takeaway and restaurant on Market Street in Westhoughton have been rejected by the council.

Bolton Council planning officers turned down the plans to convert the former art gallery over fears that the takeaway was too close to Westhoughton High School.

It was feared the food outlet would encourage unhealthy eating among youngsters as guidance recommends that hot food takeaways within 400 metres of secondary schools should not be given permission.

The takeaway would have produced “unacceptable odours” and “increased noise and activity in and around the premises to the detriment of the living conditions of nearby residents” said the council’s report.

The applicant also “failed to supply sufficient information” on extraction facilities and the provision of a secure bin store.

Westhoughton Town Council previously deferred the application, earlier this month, after requesting further details such as how many people the food place would seat and if it would be primarily a restaurant or takeaway.

The building has been empty for several months since the art gallery closed.

Westhoughton town councillor David Wilkinson said: “Most residents who contacted me about this were opposed to the idea of yet another takeaway on Market Street but others were supportive of having a genuine restaurant.”

The applicant now has the right to appeal the decision.