Plans to transform a burned-out building in Shrewsbury into a shop, creating up to 22 jobs, have been slammed by local residents and the town council.
Developers want to transform the former Mullins Heating showroom on London Road into what they call a ‘service station’ - despite the plans not including a petrol station - creating four full time jobs and 18 part-time positions.
The building was damaged in a huge fire last May which needed 50 firefighters to bring it under control.
Developers have remained tight-lipped about exact use of the site, but residents fear its late night opening hours will attract trouble.
A planning application submitted to Shropshire Council said the opening hours would be 6am until 11pm from Monday to Saturday and 7am until 11pm on Sundays.
It would also have parking for 10 cars, including one for disabled drivers.
But the scheme has faced heavy criticism from residents with 30 objections lodged with Shropshire Council so far.
Shrewsbury Town Council has also criticised the plans and asked for the opening hours to be scaled back.
In a statement of objection, town clerk Helen Ball said: “Due to the residential area, opening hours should be from 8am-6pm Monday-Friday and 8am-12pm on Saturdays.”
She added that members were also concerned about the number of parking places in the plans.
Town councillor Jacqueline Brennand, who represents the Column ward and who lives opposite the site, said she feared the development would lead to anti-social behaviour in the area.
She said: “The proposed opening hours are totally inappropriate for a residential, conservation area.
“It is likely that unsociable, and anti-social behaviour, littering and vandalism will become a threat. We have plenty of shops nearby.”
By Catherine Ferris