A KEBAB shop has been refused permission to open later because of concerns about noise.

Didcot Kebab in Broadway had applied to extend its opening hours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from the current 11am until 11.30pm to 11am until 3.30am.

But at a meeting of South Oxordshire District Council on Wednesday, councillors turned down this request in an attempt to protect residents who live nearby.

Councillor Mocky Khan, who sits on the planning committee, said: "The reason for refusal was because of the harm to residents due to noise.

"In a residential area, we couldn't see why it would need to be open until 3.30am on Thursdays when nothing else in Didcot is open past 11.30pm that night.

"There were also concerns that previous opening times were not adhered to.

"Didcot Town Council's planning committee had also objected to their plan for an extension.

"Therefore it was unanimously rejected by the planning committee."

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The takeaway, which also serves pizzas, burgers and fried chicken, was first granted planning permission in 2003 and has previously been in trouble for staying open later than permitted.

It will now have to stick to its current opening times of 9am until midnight Thursday to Saturday.

The new opening hours would have brought the shop into line with the nearby Broadways pub which opens until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.

The council's planning officers had recommended the takeaway be granted temporary permission for 12 months.