AN empty unit in Shipley town centre can be converted into a bakery and cafe after new plans were approved.

A former florist store, 29 Westgate, was the subject of a planning application submitted to Bradford Council this Spring.

The application, submitted by Morteza Hosseini, was approved yesterday.

The unit was, until recently, part of a larger florist shop spanning two units. The florist shop is remaining open, but this unit will now operate as a separate business.

The application said the bakery will create two full time jobs.

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There had been one objection to the plan, saying the proposal would take trade from other businesses in the street.

Planning officers said: "There are eight hospitality businesses along the street which provide a variety of eat-in and takeaway food establishments, serving local customers and bringing much needed revenue to Shipley.

"It is likely that an additional cafe of modest size would only strengthen this established sector by adding additional variety to the offer and attraction of the street rather than undermining its vitality."