A PLANNING application to move the country’s first publicly-funded library into a shoe shop in Golden Square has been withdrawn hours before councillors were set to make a decision on the proposals.

Livewire had applied for a change of use of the unit that presently houses Funky Dory Shoes in the shopping centre, with Warrington Library having looked set to move into the shop if the plans had been passed.

Councillors were set to decide whether to grant planning permission for the scheme at this evening’s development management committee, but the application was withdrawn this afternoon.

The decision had been deferred from a previous planning meeting in September, with councillors recommended to approve the application tonight.