This is what former Natwest in Derby city centre will become

A former bank building in Derby city centre is set to be transformed into a bar, restaurant or café.

Plans to turn the ground floor and basement of the former Market Place branch of NatWest into a new leisure venue have been approved by Derby City Council.

Soon after the branch closed, the three-storey Edwardian building was sold but failed to attract an occupier.

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With permission to turn the building into a bar or restaurant, it is more likely to be brought back into use, according to the original planning application, submitted in June by CityServe Properties.

It has now been vacant for about three years.

NatWest closed the branch as a result of a fall in the number of over-the-counter transactions and the rise in internet banking.

Planning documents submitted to the city council by DPDS Consulting, on behalf of CityServe Properties, said: “The applicant has invested a considerable amount of time and money in 7 Market Place to bring the building back into active use. Despite a period of extensive marketing the building is yet to be re-let.

“It is anticipated that when marketing the property to attract an end user it will be a much more attractive unit with planning permission for flexible A3 (café/restaurant) or A4 (drinking establishment) uses in place for the ground floor and basement.

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“Once an end user has been attracted they will be able to submit the detailed plans.”

Granting permission, city council planners said: “The uses proposed are considered to be acceptable in this city centre location and would assist in bringing this empty listed building back into a viable use.”

“In dealing with this application the city council has worked with the applicant/agent in a positive and proactive manner and, while no amendments to the scheme were necessary in this case, it has been determined in a positive fashion.”