PEOPLE on an estate on the edge of Taunton could soon buy stamps and stationery without having to go into town.

There are plans to start offering Post Office services in a busy local corner shop.

The owners of the shop have unveiled plans to double the size of the premises and to add a Post Office counter.

Proposals for the development at Lateshop Spar, in Upper Holway Road, have been submitted to Somerset West and Taunton Council planners.

The project also includes a two-bedroom flat over the planned extension.

A statement with the planning application says: "Latestop Spar are looking to expand their retail provision in Holway by extending their existing store, doubling the retail area and providing greater choice to customers and local residents.

"The existing store is in need of renovation to allow for a greater range of goods to be sold, increase circulation space for customers and to bring in a local Post Office counter."

An existing yard would be converted to provide five off-street spaces for customer parking and four for residential use, as well as a cycle rack.

The statement adds: "The existing store has become too small to offer the full range of goods and services that the local community requires.

"An extension is required to enhance the retail offer as well as to bring in a Post Office counter service that would have significant benefits to the local community."

The current two-storey premises features the shop, a hot food takeaway that is now closed, back room office/stores and a first floor flat.

Latestop Spar was originally called Parkway Central Stores, later rebranding itself Upper Holway Stores before adopting its current name.