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

The plan to convert 54 Market Street, a former art gallery, was turned down by Bolton Council planning officers over fears that the takeaway was too close to Westhoughton High School and would encourage unhealthy eating among youngsters.

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 “increase 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 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 of appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.