AN EMPTY Basingstoke shop could soon be transformed into a restaurant and takeaway if plans are approved by the borough council.

Mr and Mrs Manmaunjan, from Thai Nakorn Limited, have applied to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to change the use of the former site of Papersmiths stationary shop, in Winchester Street. If approved, five full-time and three part-time employees are set to work in the restaurant and takeaway.