A FOOD business must move from its Halesowen site after neighbours objected to its bid to stay.

Low n' Slow, which specialises in Texas inspired BBQ and Modern Mexican food, set up at an industrial unit in Lodgefield Road without planning permission.

The business, run by chef Andy Stubbs, had applied for a retrospective change of use so that it could stay, but planners have turned down the application, which attracted a string of objections from neighbours.

Notes to planners from Low n' Slow stated food would be prepared on site to then be sold at food events, festivals and private functions.

They also stated food would be sold online, dispatched by one courier and that small culinary courses and open days would be held.

The application stated: "There is a strong demand, especially since the changes in consumer behaviour resulting from the pandemic."

It also states the business "has been trading for approximately 8 years having built up an excellent reputation both within Birmingham and nationally.

"This is in terms of both the quality of food produced by the business and its highly ethical and sustainable sourcing policy featuring high welfare and local produce as one of its driving features."

Six neighbours living in Badgers Croft and Lodgefield Road complained raising concerns over smells, potential noise created by open days and courses, it being too close to homes, and increase in cars putting pressure on off street parking and highway safety.

Planners turned down the application stating: "Insufficient information has been provided to demonstrate that the proposed use would not adversely impact neighbouring amenities in terms of noise, odours, fumes and disturbance from the proposed incompatible uses" and that it had failed "to demonstrate that the proposed use would not result in adverse highways safety implications."

The application, for a retrospective change of use from industrial to food business, also sought to install extraction equipment on the roof of the 100 square metre unit.