PLANS have been submitted to convert a post office into a cafe after the owner’s takeaway proposals were turned down by the council last year.

On December 11, 2017 Epping Forest District Council refused Mr D Ozcan permission to turn the post office at 38 High Road, North Weald Bassett into a takeaway.

A key opponent of the plans was the area’s parish council, which raised concerns the conversion would add to existing litter problems in the area.

Its report read: “There is concern that the presence of a takeaway would attract people to congregate outside the shop and that noise would be the dominant issue.

“Whilst it is understood that a condition could be place on the premises to have a bin outside, there is no such condition on a customer placing their waste in a bin.

“People simply discard fish and chip wrappers, Indian takeaway cartoons and Chinese takeaway cartons.”

Not put off by the refusal, Mr Ozcan lodged new plans to convert the post office into a cafe on December 22, 2017.

It will be considered by the district council following the end of public consultation on February 16 this year.