PERMISSION has been granted to convert a betting shop building into a residential home.

Plans to change the use of the vacant building of the former AH Brown bookmakers on West Street, Thatto Heath have been given prior approval.

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The application stated the building is "in poor condition needing major refurbishment" and "not in a key shopping area so no impact on the local economy".

Proposed works would include the demolition of a rear yard boundary wall and fitting modern double-glazed windows.

Planning officers have given prior approval to the request for the change of use.