A former Nationwide bank in Northampton is to be converted into an AGC, after West Northamptonshire Council approved plans put forward by operator Star MK Ltd.
The Drapery building will be brought “back to life” by the proposals, with the ground floor and basement repurposed to house machines and office space.
“We submit that no harm will be caused to this heritage asset,” said a planning statement from Star MK. “Indeed, the reverse may be argued since the proposed change of use, plus the conversion work, will bring the whole building back to life.”
“The proposed change of use keeps the status quo in terms of shopping floor space and frontage. This use will create footfall around the town centre.”
The upper floors of the four-storey building, which is located in the All Saints Conservation Area, are already undergoing redevelopment to become flats, with the Star MK proposals bringing the full building back into use.
Commenting on the approval, WNC planners stated: “The development would bring a long term vacant unit back into use to the benefit of the vitality and viability of the town centre.” The conversion will also reinstate a long-defunct cash machine on the outside of the building.