Plans submitted to transform former bank


Plans submitted to transform former bank

Plans have been submitted to North East Lincolnshire Council to transform a currently dormant bank into a restaurant and take away.

The Barclays bank on the Cleethorpes High Street closed back in June 2019, leaving the ground floor of the building vacant ever since.

Proposed floor plans would see the current banking hall turned into a dining area with two kitchens towards the rear of the property.

The takeaway area would be accessible through the main doors past the restaurant towards a counter.

The plans, which are still under consideration, have been met with resistance from locals including local establishment The Scratching Post.

They said: “There are no proposed opening hours so without any constraints this could be open till 5am with the resulting Anti Social Behaviour that goes with late night takeaways. Currently all the late night takeaways are on the opposite side of the road so we do not suffer from any vandalism which does occur to properties on that side of the street ( broken windows/rubbish on the floor/body fluids)”

Similar plans were submitted by the same applicant in November 2021 but were withdrawn after residents objected.

Some felt that the noise and operational hours of the last submission would negatively impact surrounding neighbours.

A Mr Roger Saxby has also objected to the current plans on the basis that residents will be disturbed by the noise and odour from a late night takeaway.

He said: “The application site is directly below and nearby residential units will potentially be effected by noise, odour and disturbance from users of the restaurant / hot food takeaway facility. The application proposes to put in sound insulation but no specification for this has been offered as part of the application and therefore this must be ignored in the assessment of the application. No details as to Waste Management have been given for the application.”

“The council has a duty to ensure that the amenity of existing residents is not impaired in any way by this development. The applicant is opening a takeaway with unlimited opening hours in an area of residences with a long established pattern of daytime only use of the ground floor. The application should be refused for this reason irrespective of the other reasons for refusal below,” he added.

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