CONCERNS over strong smells and loud noise have quashed the future of a take-away.

Officers in the Ribble Valley said the plan to turn a Whalley Road terraced home into an eatery would have a "detrimental impact" on the area.

Hassan Ashfaq applied to change the use of the two-bedroom home into a business earlier this year, with residents offered the opportunity to comment on plans.

However the proposal has now been quashed, with planning officer John Macholc saying: “The proposal, by virtue of the configuration and location of the proposed exactor flue and its proximity to existing residential receptors, will result in a direct detrimental impact upon the residential amenities of existing/future occupiers by virtue of undue noise and odour.”

He went on to say that the plan would have been in direct conflict with the borough’s core strategies.

One letter of representation was also received, with the resident objecting to proposals on the basis there are already too many takeaways in the area.

The environmental health officer charged with reviewing the application was of a similar opinion.

In a statement they said: “The proximity of neighbouring residential flats to the proposed extraction system will result in both noise and odours impacting the flats immediately above and to the rear.

“I would also be concerned about the likelihood of noise transmission through the floor of the proposed restaurant and take away as well as the means of escape from fire for the residents above the proposed restaurant and take away.

“In light of the above, I would recommend that the proposed change of use is refused.”

The nature of the takeaway was not disclosed in the original plans.

Mr Ashfaq now has six months to appeal the decision.