A CAFÉ chain has been given the go-ahead to open its fifth branch.

BCP Council planners have given the go-ahead for a former convenience store in Lower Blandford Road, Broadstone to be converted into a Café Aroma outlet.

Applicant Ozan Celik said the former McColl’s outlet would provide a range of meals and takeaway food.

The planning application was submitted in June, nine months after the shop closed.

The chain already operates in Poole, Wimborne, Ringwood and Totton and says the business has become “extremely popular”.

“The proposed change of use will allow the premises to operate as a family-friendly café/bistro supplying meals, both hot and cold, to be consumed on and off the premises,” a statement submitted with its application said.

“Hot and cold beverages will also be sold but no alcohol will be offered for sale and no alcohol licence has been applied for.

“The applicant has also been sensitive to the style of the shopping area in Broadstone and we believe that this change of use will enhance and add to its vitality.”

Under the plans approved earlier this month, the café will have a small patio area which will also be used as a smoking area.

Council planning officer Claire Moir said the café would increase diversity to businesses operating in the area.

“The proposals would maintain neighbouring privacy and amenities and highway safety,” her report said.

“There are economic benefits; of investment in the building and local centre and of providing a location for social activity and environmental benefits of preserving the character of the area and bringing an empty unit into use.”

Planning permission was awarded with a condition preventing the café from being converted into a business primarily focused on takeaway sales.