A FORMER Chinese takeaway near Taunton town centre could be converted into residential accommodation.

A change of use application for the now closed Chef Peking premises, at 20 Upper High Street, has been submitted to Somerset West and Taunton Council.

The applicant wants to convert the ground floor takeaway and the owner's accommodation over into a single dwelling.

The restaurant ceased trading in 2018 due to a family bereavement.

The business was advertised for sale, but the owner was unable to find a buyer.

A statement accompanying the application to the council says: "The applicant is now looking to refurbish the property and proposes converting the existing takeaway into a living and dining room.

"The former takeaway kitchen would become the main residential kitchen.

"The only physical change to the building would be to the existing shop front.

"The proposal is to the remove the existing windows and doors and replace with Upvc casements and front door which would match the adjacent buildings on the terrace.

"The former shop entrance would become the principal entrance into the dwelling."

The statement adds: "The change of use of the takeaway would have a negligible impact on the street scene.

"The proposal would match the rest of the terrace which are all residential dwellings.

"The loss of the takeaway in this location would also have a negligible impact as it is located off the main high street and no longer realistically suitable as a shop or retail unit."