Raided bank could become new shops

HSBC  bank was destroyed in a ramraide by theives in 2015
HSBC bank was destroyed in a ramraide by theives in 2015

A bank which closed after it was ram-raided by theives could re-open as two shops.

South Cave’s only cash machine at HSBC, in Market Place, was ripped from the wall by theives using a JCB digger on February 27 2015.

HSBC decided not to reopen the bank saying it would cost too much to repair.

Now, more than two years after the business was boarded up, a planning application has been submitted to turn the former bank into two shops and two, two-bedroom flats upstairs.

In the design, access and heritage statement, applicants agent Benson Planning Studio said: “We feel there are sufficient positives to justify the proposed scheme identified at 79 and 81 Market Place.

“The properties will undergo a significant redevelopment but the proposals respect the status of the buildings and the area in which they are located.”

The application was submitted by Andrew Hull to restore the building which includes the neighbouring former news agents.

The statement continued: “The buildings have been empty for some time and their appearance has begun to decline because of the lack of occupation and general maintenance and the proposed redevelopment of the site will result in a positive feature within the area.”

Both properties are Grade II listed buildings located within a conservation zone, the statetment says the proposed changes would “provide a visual enhancement and improvement” and the special architectural and historic features of the building will be both preserved and enhanced.”

But concerns raised have been raised by a neighbour over the plans to raise the height of the building which could overlook other properties as wel as the design’s visual impact.