Plans lodged to turn former Cleveleys bank into pub

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A former Cleveleys bank building could be turned into a pub if proposals are given the go ahead by planners.

 

The former Barclays Bank on Crescent East

The former Barclays Bank on Crescent East

An application has been lodged with Wyre Council for a change of use of the ground floor of the former Barclays Bank, on The Crescent East, to a public house and the creation of external seating area with front canopy.

The bank itself closed on June 4 this year after Barclays identified that only 106 customers used the branch exclusively for their banking.

Despite this, concerns were raised that the decision would hit the town’s most vulnerable residents.

The closure came just weeks before that of another Cleveleys bank branch, the HSBC, which shut in August this year.

However, there have been no objections to the latest proposals for the site and Wyre Council has received just once letter – in support of the move.

The application for the change of use has been lodged through agents, Architectural Services (NW) Ltd.

The building was first opened in 1967 as a Martins Bank branch, and was seen as modern and sleek in its day.

The Martins Bank company was bought by Barclays in 1969, when all of its 700 branches became branches of Barclays, and the Cleveleys outlet remained on the site for 52 year until summer this year.

A letter of support for the latest proposals, lodged with planners at Wyre stated: “What a great repurposing of a unique looking building.

“I had worried after Barclays left the building would stand empty and become a target for vandals, so for someone to come along and invest in the building and in Cleveleys is brilliant news and I wish them every success in the future.”

The change of use proposals are currently under consideration by planners.