A FORMER Shaw bank could re-open as a public house now plans for a change of use have been submitted to Oldham Council.
If successful, the pub is set to create 23 full and part time jobs.
The Yorkshire Bank at 64-66 Market Street closed its doors for the final time on August 24 2016 – one of 26 branches shut down that year.
But now proposals have been revealed to change the use from “A2 (financial) to A4 (drinking establishment) with minor alterations to elevations, refuse compound to car park, kitchen input and extract”.
Five existing car parking spaces associated with the building would remain.
The application, validated by OMBC on January 26, 2018, has been submitted on behalf of a London based company, Macneel & Partners.
Spokesman, Lee Hollingworth acting on behalf of the agent said, ”The former bank building has been redundant since the Yorkshire Bank moved out.
“The building is in the ownership of a property investment company based in London and is being marketed for let by the commercial team at Ryder & Dutton.
“The building is a well-presented building in a dominant position on the High Street, but due to the size of the building is has not been attracting interest, therefore other uses of the site where considered.
“Following some research it was decided that a planning application for change of use to a bar / pub could generate some interest in the development and to open the building up to make it more attractive.
“Following the planning application being submitted we have some interest in the site from independent operators and it would be great to bring a quality offer to the centre of Shaw.’
Anyone wishing to comment in support or against the application have until Monday, March 5 to do so.
A determination deadline of Friday, March 23 has been set.
Yorkshire Bank also closed their Royton and Chadderton branches closed on May 23 and May 25 in 2017.