A bid to open a new takeaway in Wanstead has been rejected.

Linda El-Eini had applied for planning permission to convert the Laundrette business at number seven in the High Street into a fast food outlet.

Officers from Redbridge Council recommended that the proposals be approved as they felt it would not result in any "harmful impact on [the] vitality and viability" of the High Street.

They suggested a condition be imposed that the new business would have to shut at 11.30pm every night.

But councillors on the Regional Planning Committee West panel rejected the plans.

Cllr Paul Canal said his fellow Conservative colleagues believed there were already too many takeaways in the immediate area and that the site's location by a bus stop would lead to people parking there and obstructing buses.

He said the Lib Dems and committee chairman abstained from the vote.