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PLANS to open a supermarket with a round the clock alcohol licence have been withdrawn by applicants at the eleventh hour.

Councillors were considering the development in Queen Street, Portsea, at a meeting this morning when an email sent by Rostam Abbas was brought in which said he had changed his mind.

Mr Abbas, who originally wanted to open the store with business partner Heman Rasul, said he didn’t want to encourage further alcohol-related trouble in the area.

The email said: ‘We are overwhelmed by the concerns of local people and we equally share their thoughts and concerns.

‘It’s true that we did not know about the history of problems in the area.’