A plan has been lodged to turn a vacant former shop into a new hot food takeaway that will serve “healthier options".

The empty space, with flats above it, is found on Blackburn Road in Halliwell and was previously used for cupping therapy.

The proposal put before the council will see it converted into a takeaway that will be open from 1pm to 9pm every day of the week, employing three people.

A planning statement said: “This property is easily accessible by foot and public transport.

“The proposal would not adversely affect the amenity of the surrounding properties and businesses as it’s in keeping with the surrounding use classes.

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“The proposal will bring a vacant derelict building back into productive use creating full time employment for three people and three part time staff.”

It added: “The food served will be different to all the existing food takeouts, and the owner will provide more healthier options.”

Parking can be found nearby on Hibbert Street which will be available for potential customers, while the space above the new takeaway will continue to be taken up by flats.

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Plans have also been made for bin storage around the back of where the proposed new takeaway will go.

The planning statement said: “The site is a two storey mid-terraced property with a brick elevation and a pitched slate roof.

“The ground floor property is currently unoccupied and has stood vacant for some time, previously the property was being used a cupping therapy.”

It added: “Many of the nearby uses stay open well in the evening and sustains the areas economy.

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“The site is considered to be within a highly sustainable locality close to a public transport and easily accessible on foot.”

The plans were put before the council on Friday, October 27 and will be open for neighbourhood consultations until Friday, November 17.

This will give people living elsewhere on Blackburn Road the opportunity to have their say on the proposed new takeaway.

Once the consultation period is over, the authority will then decide whether or not to approve the scheme by Friday, December 22.