A HISTORIC former bank in Sheffield city centre will be given a new lease of life after plans to convert it into a shop and a restaurant were given the green light.
Proposals to transform the HSBC bank in Church Street into two separate units were approved at a meeting of Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning committee.
The application, from Church Assets Ltd, promised to refurbish some of the original features of the early Victorian building, built in 1838, which has been empty for five years.
The decision to approve the plans came despite objections from neighbouring Cutlers’ Hall.
Talks are under way with potential tenants for the converted building, including supermarket giant Tesco, but no tenants have yet been secured.
It is thought the cost of converting the Grade II-listed bank – located in Sheffield city centre’s conservation area – will stretch to six figures as it has fallen into a state of disrepair.
Steve Edgeller, planning agent, said: “It’s an expensive building to convert and refurbish. It is very dilapidated and there is damage to the building.
“Tesco has expressed an interest. Church Assets want to get the right business in to make it worth their while. Discussions are continuing.”