Old bank to become new bar in Buxton?

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A former town centre bank could be transformed into a new bar if plans are given the green light.

An application has been submitted to High Peak Borough Council to convert the former Royal Bank of Scotland building on Cavendish Circus into a bar, with a mezzanine level on the first floor.

The property on the corner of George Street and Terrace Road is not listed, but is likely to be considered to represent a non-designated heritage asset as it is located within the Buxton Central Conservation Area.

Applicant Life and Soul has submitted the plans, and documents submitted by agent Sammons Architectural Limited said: “The proposal will not involve any external alterations that would alter the building’s appearance.

“In addition, the proposed use is a complimentary use in this town centre location, where similar uses are already in operation.

“Therefore, the proposed use will not be out of character with surrounding uses and nor will the level of activity be dissimilar to that experienced when the property was a bank.

“The assessment therefore concludes that the proposal will not result in a harmful impact on the building’s significance as a heritage asset, the conservation area in which it is sited or the neighbouring listed buildings.

“The application represents an acceptable change of use that does not create a concentration of evening uses, but compliments other uses, such as the restaurants in the locality.

“The site is located in a sustainable location that is accessible by various means of transport.”

Royal Bank of Scotland moved out the premises in September 2015 and since then the building has sat empty.

While the application building is not listed, it is adjacent to, and faces, Grade II-listed buildings; Buxton Thermal Baths, The Colonade and Quadrant.

A public consultation on the plans will end on Thursday May 1.