Plans to transform a former off licence into a new bar on a main high street have been turned down ­— despite some of the public throwing their support behind the proposal.

A planning application was submitted at the start of June to bring the former Bargain Booze in Market Street, Westhoughton, back into use as a new bar.

The applicant stated that very little would be changed to the property and that the new bar would provide eight new jobs.

It would be open until 11pm from Monday to Thursday but until 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.

However, this plan was rejected by Bolton Council at the start of the month, with the decision receiving mixed reviews from members of the local community.

The reasons given for the rejection in the decision notice of the plan said: “The proposed development will increase noise and activity in and around the premises which combined with the proliferation of other similar uses within the immediate area will result in a detrimental impact on the living conditions of nearby residents.”

Another reason was stated as: “The proposal would not improve the economic, social and environmental conditions of the area nor does it comply with the development plan and therefore does not comprise sustainable development.”

The officer's report with the application noted that there are another three pubs and two restaurants within 100 metres of this site.

This could result in “multiplication of impacts to the detriment of nearby businesses and the character of the area".

However, a poll conducted by a community Facebook page, My Westhoughton, to their followers found that 62 per cent of their followers believed that a new bar would add to the area.

Nicki Gillon said: “Such a shame, we should be celebrating independent businesses. Even if it wasn’t an idea Bolton Council liked help them and show your at least trying to keep up with modern times. Westhoughton has the opportunity to be a fantastic creative hub, inviting people to socialise. Drinking venues don’t always mean more trouble.”

Jason Morris added: “The more independent business the better, and it’s basically the same business they sold alcohol before.”

Not everyone agreed however.

Tom Murphy commented: “We have enough bars on Market street and it would have been right next to another pub which needs to make some money. Good decision, now let’s see if it can actually be used for something useful.”

The applicant has the right to appeal the decision.