An empty bank is set to be transformed into a new pub after plans were approved.
JD Wetherspoon applied to convert the old TSB bank in Preston’s Church Street into its latest pub.
And at a meeting yesterday, Preston City Council’s planning committee gave the green light to the plans for the city centre building.
Proposals include a new beer garden, and at this week’s planning meeting, Coun John Browne said: “I think it’s a good use for this building.
“It’s been empty for a very long time and Wetherspoons is a good company.”
In a report to committee members, proposals were laid out including enclosing part of the existing rear car park with a new brick wall to form a new beer garden. The report said there would be repair of the original banking hall ceiling and a new bar, toilets and back of house areas provided.
The proposed hours of use would be from 7am to 12.30am Sunday to Wednesday and 7am to 1.30am Thursday to Saturday, and the times would be extended by an extra hour on days such as Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
The application was approved, with conditions, by nine votes to one at this week’s meeting.
But councillors had expressed concerns about bus stops outside the building. Coun Tom Davies said: “A police van, for instance, would have to park away from the door further up and if somebody gets trapped in the bus shelter it could turn nasty and they could get injured.”
But the city council’s head of development management, Alison Kershaw, said: “We don’t feel it would reasonable or necessary to require these bus stops to be moved given that the foot path is particularly wide.”