PAPA John's Pizza is coming to Stourbridge after planners granted approval for the chain to convert a former hairdressers despite a string of objections.

The pizza chain will transform the former Oakley House of Hair premises on Hagley Road into a takeaway, which will open from 11am till 11pm seven days a week.

It's just two doors down from Ronnie's Wood-Fired Pizza restaurant.

Eleven letters of objection were received, with concerns over parking, there being no space for bins, no safe area for deliveries, possible infestations, it being unsightly, noise, unpleasant smells and there being existing pizza shops and numerous empty units on the high street.

Objectors included residents of The Old Library and next door neighbour Walton and Hipkiss estate agents.

A previous application for a takeaway at the site was turned down in 2005 on the grounds that it would create additional rubbish, litter and cooking odours, the extraction flue would be visible from the street and would attract short term on-street parking by customers which "would be detrimental to the safe and efficient operation of the public highway."

But council planners recommended the new application be approved stating "The principle of the proposed use in this location is considered acceptable and would bring a vacant unit back into use.

"The proposal respects the historic character and distinctiveness of the area making a positive contribution to place making through high quality design with appropriate conditions imposed.

"There would be no detrimental impact on residential amenity of nearby occupiers.

"It is also considered that there would be no detrimental impact on highway safety."

Papa Johns said it will install a "modern and adequate extraction and odour control system" and would provide additional litter bins if required.

It states in a design and access statement: "Parking is available nearby to the frontage and to the rear of the premises, which will allow adequate facilities for loading and unloading."

Most Papa John outlets are owned and operated under a franchise agreement and each can provide up to 20 jobs.

The chain has more than 300 stores nationwide.

Above the Stourbridge site there is a self-contained two-storey three-bedroom apartment.