Plans for a new village shop, post office and takeaway have been given the go-ahead.

Planning officers recommended Fenland council refuse plans for the new development at Tydd St Giles, near Wisbech.

They said it would be harmful to the open countryside around the site, off Broad Drove East.

But councillors have now approved the proposals, after receiving 62 letters of support.

Those in favour said shopping, post office, and ATM facilities are needed in the village.

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Villagers Paul and Janet Payne said: "We have a need for access to a shop in a village which has limited facilities and poorly-maintained roads."

Stephen Hutchinson added the village had been without a shop "for many years" during which it had "expanded considerably in size".

Some 14 objections were also received, on grounds including the development not being in keeping with the area and previous shops in the village having closed through lack of trade.

Planning permission was granted provided work begins within three years and the car park for the shops is constructed first.