A NEW Domino’s pizza takeaway is set to open its doors in Winchester.

The chain, which will create 45 new jobs with the new branch, will open its new outlet in Stoney Lane, Weeke, on Monday, September 9.

It comes a year after planning approval was given to convert part of an Indian takeaway and restaurant into a Domino’s. It has seen the Balaka Restaurant split to allow space for the pizza chain to use as a takeaway.

Simon Lombardi, manager for the new store that will be named Winchester North, said: “We’re thrilled to be opening up a second store for the people of Winchester. Customers can expect quicker delivery times and even more delicious pizzas from us.

“There are plenty of employment opportunities for people living in the surrounding area, so we look forward to welcoming local residents to join our growing team. In particular, we’re searching for delivery drivers, including moped riders.”

Although the plan for the new outlet was unanimously approved by a planning committee last year, it attracted a number of objections over fears of delivery vehicle taking up parking spaces, creating noise late at night and increasing traffic.

Councillor Anne Weir, who objected to the scheme, said: “The situation is exacerbated by clandestine parking throughout the day. A change will have an unsupportable impact. The other problem in this area is litter and refuse. The situation in Acorn Close is simply dreadful.”

However, planning agent Osian Roberts defended the proposal, saying the use of bicycles for delivering was becoming increasingly popular.

Mr Roberts said: “The use of the unit will not materially change. While some cars will be used they will be low and, in our view, will not have a noticeable impact. The proposal will contribute to local economic development.”