PLANS to convert a former bakery into shops and flats have been thrown out by planning officers.

The two-storey extension would have replaced an existing garage and subdivide the ground floor to create two retail units.

The application also sought to create two flats on the first floor and loft space.

Planners decided that the size and siting of the proposal would result in "overdevelopment" and would leave an "inadequate" amount of amenity space.

They said: "The proposed two-storey extension, by virtue of its design, height, scale, bulk and siting, would introduce an incongruous, over dominant and overbearing feature within the street scene detrimental to the character and appearance of the host building as well of the surrounding area."

The building in Church Street has been used as a small bakery until it recently closed.

A two-bedroom flat above the former bakery has been used by the owner as accommodation.

Westhoughton Town Council objected to the plans in February.