CONTROVERSIAL plans for a restaurant, takeaway and convenience store at a congested Halesowen junction have been pulled.

The change of use and extension application wanted to pave the way to remodel the existing Streetbike premises into three units and increase the car parking capacity to 40 spaces.

However, Heedgrove Ltd pulled the application days before Dudley Council's Development Control committee were about to consider the plans.

Protesters had complained the extra units would generate traffic on the already busy Stag Island which is notorious for congestion.

Halesowen North Councillor Karen Shakespeare led the campaign against the application which saw a 200 name petition handed to the council.

She said: "It is good news the application was pulled due to the complaints of local residents who rightly are worried about the extra congestion.

"Dudley Council's Highways Department also backed residents worries about the extra traffic on an island which is chaotic already."

She added: "However, I would not be surprised if the applicants are going to resubmit plans with different access routes in the near future.

"I will object against that application too as Stag Island does not need any more businesses, the present businesses are doing fine without the extra competition."

The Heedgrove Ltd application, which was pulled, stated: "The proposed development, will have three potential distinct separate uses, will enhance and improve the visual appearance of the current site and provide further vitality to this area."

Motorcycle business Streetbike is moving to the former Comet building in Dudley Road at the end of the year, which has paved the way for the change of use bid by Heedgrove Ltd.

In June Dudley Council gave outline approval to a plan to build 66 new homes on the former MEB site in Halesowen which local residents fear will also cause traffic chaos on Mucklow Hill and Stag Island.