Former bank to become new Royton restaurant?

A FORMER bank could be the latest building to enhance Royton’s reputation as a go to destination for eating and drinking.

The NatWest Bank on Rochdale Road closed on June 20, 2017 as part of the bank’s purge on underused branches.

But plans have been submitted to Oldham Council to transform the building into a café/restaurant.

An application from Mohammed Alam of A3S Investments Ltd was validated on May 2, 2019.

Neighbourhood consultation is scheduled to expire on May 23, 2018.

The proposal is for a change of use from Class A2 (financial and professional services) to Class A3 (restaurant and café ).

The proposed number of staff is two full-time and three part-time. Opening hours are given as Monday to Sunday (including Bank Holidays) 5-11pm.

Two other former town centre banks have opened as bars and restaurants in the last six months.

JLR’s Live Lounge welcomed its first customers in February 2019 to premises previously occupied by the Yorkshire Bank in Market Square.

And the old Barclays Bank on the corner of Rochdale Road and High Barn Street became the Barclay Pizza and Prosecco restaurant and bar last November.

• To see plans for new application visit: planningpa.oldham.gov.uk and search application PA/342828/19

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