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Former taxi office to be converted into pizza takeaway despite smell objection

A former taxi office in the centre of Lurgan will be converted in a pizza takeaway.

Planning officials on the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council have recommended the application for approval.

A1 Cabs had previously operated out of the William Street address and now an application to convert the first floor of the building into a pizza takeaway has been given the green light.

However, a nearby trader had objected to the application, fearing the takeaway could have a detrimental impact on his current business, which has been open on the street for more than 20 years.

In a letter to Council planners, the objector highlighted how the smell could put off customers to his store but outlined in his hand-written letter, that the architect in charge of the application, had given assurances that smell would not be a factor.

He asked planners ensure this was indeed the case.

Despite that one objection, the application was recommended for approval and will now join a host of fast-food takeaways on the street, which is central to the town’s nightlife.

The planners will make their recommendation to the ABC Council’s planning committee, although it will be up to that committee of elected representatives – and subsequently the full council – to decide whether or not to accept the opinion to approve.

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