Former Co-operative Bank in Weston-super-Mare will become flats

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 February 2017

The proposed changes to the former Co-Operative bank building, in Alexandra Parade. Photo by Studio Architecture.

The proposed changes to the former Co-Operative bank building, in Alexandra Parade. Photo by Studio Architecture.

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A former bank in Weston-super-Mare town centre will be turned into high-quality apartments, after planning permission was granted by North Somerset Council.

The former Co-operative building, in Alexandra Parade, has been empty since the banking chain closed the branch in June 2016.

However, a plan put forward by developers Studio Architecture will see the building brought back into use as an apartment block, containing four new flats.

A new third floor will be constructed inside the building, which will enable contractors to turn the upper floors into flats. Meanwhile, the ground floor has been set aside for retail or leisure use and the Mercury understands plans to bring in a new commercial occupier have already been drawn up.

The development will also contain cycle space for each flat.

In its report into the decision to approve the development, the council’s planners said: “The proposal would not unacceptably harm the characteristics of the existing building or the character of its surroundings.

“Due to the town centre location and greater access to public transport it is considered there will be no adverse impact on highway safety as a result of approving this proposal.”

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