Chapel-en-le-Frith retailer to occupy former NatWest bank after green light from planners

The former NatWest Bank at Chapel-en-le-Frith.
The former NatWest Bank at Chapel-en-le-Frith.

A former bank in Chapel-en-le-Frith is to be given a new lease of life.

Planning permission has been granted to change the use of the former NatWest Bank building on the Market Place, to office, storage and retail for Rubicon Watches, in addition to creating three self-contained offices.

The former NatWest Bank at Chapel-en-le-Frith.

The former NatWest Bank at Chapel-en-le-Frith.

While retaining the bulk of the existing building, the family-run retailer proposed external works to give the premises a “more approachable public face”, along with the introduction of a new ‘retail window’ at the Market Place level.

High Peak Borough Council approved the application, with conditions.

“During the course of the consideration of the application the council sought amendments to the proposals to ensure that the development preserved the special historic qualities of the Conservation Area,” the council commented in its response.

Established for over 30 years, Chapel-based Rubicon are specialists in the watch and jewellery retailing industry.