A former Oxford bookies could soon be transformed into a new takeaway as plans have been lodged with the council.

The old Ladbrokes site at the Hollow Way shopping parade in Cowley has been left vacant after the betting shop moved out.

But fresh plans reveal there may be a new place to grab a bite to eat coming in the near future.

After Ladbrokes permanently closed down, the site is in need of “some refurbishments, regardless of who moves into it”, according to the application, with plans submitted to change its use from retail to a hot food takeaway.

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However, it is not clear from the application what takeaway will take over the site but designs show the plans to install an extraction system to ensure cooking fumes are safely removed and so that chefs are in a suitable environment.

The application also points to the fact that the site next door is run as Moonlight as pizza and kebab takeaway which is open from 9am to 10pm every day.

Oxford Mail: Ladbrokes shopA planning statement said: “We believe our proposal fully conforms to the Oxford City Council local plan and national government policy guidance.

“The proposal represents a sensible, well-balanced use of the shop which will have a positive impact on the area.”

The proposals say that the takeaway would use the “reasonable number of spaces available” at the shopping parade.

The application reads: “Short term parking bays designated on this part of Hollow Way are there to facilitate the operation of this local commercial centre and that there are a reasonable number of spaces available for the scale of the shopping parade.

“Furthermore, the takeaway use is likely to operate at times including into the evening when normal retail and commercial businesses will be closed.

“This would lessen the demands on the on-street parking during these hours of opening.”

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The plans add that it is considered that plans would not raise any loss of light or increase to any loss of privacy concerns.

The site on the shopping parade is situated on an established housing estate to the south of Oxford, which connects the property with the eastern bypass via Garsington Road.

Oxford Mail: Plans have been submitted for a takeaway in Cowley Plans have been submitted for a takeaway in Cowley It comes after rivals Entain, which owns Ladbrokes, and 888 were both cautioned over profits in recent months.

Peter Jackson, chief executive of the company, said: “The group had another strong quarter in Q3, and even in this seasonally quieter period the power of our diversified business is clear with revenue growth of 13 per cent.

“We remain the number one choice for sports betting and gaming customers globally, and our 16 per cent growth in average monthly players augurs well for our continued growth and market leadership.”