The proposed transformation of an empty Carlisle shop into a new takeaway has been pulled.

Plans which were submitted by PFK Land and Development on behalf of Mr H Kocaturkmen for the former Bargain Booze store by Scotland Road were set to be considered by Carlisle City Council's development control committee.

They had been recommended for refusal by council planners after nearly 70 people signed a petition against the application.

But the scheme did not go before the committee as the plans were withdrawn on the eve of the meeting.

Speaking at the meeting, which was held virtually on Friday morning, the council's development manager Chris Hardman said: "The application was withdrawn at late notice yesterday [Thursday]."

The shop's proximity to adjacent houses and potential noise, odour and parking issues arising from the business had been cited as reasons for the recommendation to refuse.

The planning application also sparked objections from local residents, with 69 people signing a petition against the plans and raising many of the same concerns.

Objectors also suggested there were a number of takeaways already within walking distance of the shop, which has been empty since Bargain Booze ceased trading there early last year.

Cumbria County Council and Cumbria Constabulary had been consulted as part of the process and raised no objections.