PLANS to create three studio apartments at a Netherton fish and chip shop have been turned down after objections.

Planners said the bid to create the studio apartments at Netherton Fish Bar on Cinder Bank would be "over intensive."

The application, to create two studio apartments with en-suites on the first floor and one studio flat with an en-suite on the ground floor as well as a new flue to the rear of the property, attracted nine objections.

Concerns centred around customers of the chip shop already causing parking problems by parking inconsiderately, the proposed flats having no parking, the flue to the rear would be massive and unsightly and would be noisy and create smells.

Councillor Elaine Taylor objected. She said: "This property is located on a very busy stretch of Cinder Bank in Netherton, this road is a main access road for traffic driving from Dudley to Halesowen.

"This road is extremely busy, and I have witnessed where lorries, busses even ambulances have been unable to get through due to the volume of traffic.

"Directly outside this shop is perhaps one of the most congested areas in the whole of Netherton.

"Businesses are grouped so close that they are a nightmare to the residents who often cannot access their own homes due to the parking and traffic associated with these types of establishments."

A decision from planning officers refuses permission stating: "It is considered that the use as 3 flats is over intensive and would not result in adequate amenity for residents."

It goes to to say that flues would be "visually obtrusive" and that "no off street car parking is provided and as such the proposal would fail to provide sufficient parking to the detriment of highway safety."