A NEW takeaway pizza chain is set to open in Ferndown creating 20 new jobs.

A change of use application by Papa John's for the premises in Ringwood Road was approved by a Dorset Council officer under delegated powers.

Seven residents put forward objections to the proposal, citing concerns over the devaluation of properties, noise, litter and there already being too many fast-food outlets in the area.

However, a report by planning officer James Brightman said: "The proposal is appropriate for its location in policy terms and with the mitigation offered (and which would be required by conditions) would have no adverse impact on the character and appearance of the immediate area, the amenities of occupants of adjacent properties and road safety and is compliant with development plan policy in relation to these aspects."

The planning permission conditions restrict the takeaway to only being open to customers and operate deliveries between 11am and 11pm.

The premises Papa John's is set to take on previously operated as a flooring shop showroom, but it has been vacant for several months and sits in a small parade of retail units.

A statement submitted in support of the application on behalf of the company by Sanderson Weatherall said the plans would deliver significant benefits.

"It will provide a popular form of hot food and ‘treat’ meal at a reasonable price so would be accessible to a wide range of the local population," the statement said.

"It will offer local people additional choice of hot food takeaway in the area.

"Temporary employment in several trades will be generated by the internal fit out works.

"Once the proposed use is in operation it will sustain approximately 20 full-time jobs.

"It will add to the vibrancy and vitality of the area by making use of an empty unit that has been vacant for several months and enhancing footfall."

The Daily Echo contacted Papa John's for information about when the takeaway could open, but the business was unable to provide any information on this.