Plans to sell alcohol 24-hours a day from a new city centre convenience store have been shelved.

Businessman Ragunthan Selvcahandran had applied for permission to continue selling drinks through a hatch once the store in Silver Street closed to walk-in customers at 2am.

But Humberside Police lodged an official objection, saying the force was "extremely concerned" at the idea of booze being sold into the early hours in an area already packed with bars and late-night venues.

The objection was due to be heard by councillors on the city council's licensing sub-committee today.

But after private discussions between the two sides, Mr Selvcahandran agreed to withdraw the application for a 24-hour off-licence.

Instead, in agreement with police licensing officials, he amended the application to run until 2am.

Police on post-lockdown patrol at the junction of Silver Street and Trinity House Lane
Police on post-lockdown patrol at the junction of Silver Street and Trinity House Lane

He also agreed to a condition that door staff would be deployed at the store on Friday and Saturday nights until 2am.

As a result, the police objection was withdrawn and councillors approved his amended application.

Construction work has already started on the new store, which will trade inside the former Wyke Chambers building which was originally owned by Hull Charterhouse.

The Victorian landmark was last used by offices by accountants Dutton Moore and has been empty for several years.

It is also only one of two surviving buildings in Hull designed by the celebrated city-born architect Cuthbert Brodrick, who also designed the Town Hall and Corn Exchange in Leeds and Scarborough's Grand Hotel.

Built in 1848, Wyke Chambers was awarded listed building status for its historic importance in 1994.

The ground floor features three units, including an existing mini-market store.

The on-going refurbishment scheme will create a single unit with space for the new larger store and a break-out area featuring a coffee bar and seating.

Leeds Town Hall was designed by Hull architect Cuthbert Brodrick

The current plans also include space for a limited number of street food stalls.

A separate retrospective planning application to change the upper floors from office use to leisure has also been submitted to Hull City Council.

The building's owners, the Hull-based Soper Group, also own several other properties in Silver Street, including Silvers bar.