COUNCILLORS have been recommended to approve the conversion of a vet’s surgery on a town centre main road into a shop and flat.

They have been asked to adjudicate on a planning application for 265 Leeds Road, Nelson, because of two objections.

Dominic Dean has asked Pendle Council to permit him to change the veterinary surgery to a retail shop at ground floor and a first-floor flat with a new uPVC shop front.

His application will be considered by the borough’s Nelson Committee on Monday.

A report by planning officers lists the grounds of the objections as: “The proposal would increase existing traffic and parking issues in the area; anti-social behaviour concerns; concerns about opening hours; issues relating to current Covid measures and queuing outside of the shop; and no necessity for more shops in the area.”

Lancashire County Council highways department raised no objection.