Cafe gets go ahead in bank

270213 The roman house, grange terrace, boness.
270213 The roman house, grange terrace, boness.

the former Clydesdale bank on Linlithgow High Street could become a cafe after council planners approved the move this week.

Building owners Heron Property applied for planning permission last December to change the use of the building from a bank to a cafe, causing alarm among other cafe owners in the town, who felt the town had enough tea and coffee outlets.

But the owners insisted the change was purely to make the property more attractive for a business to take on, as it would increase the options available for the property. Now that the change has been approved, owners could make it into a cafe, but it could also be a bank or a shop as the building has consent for these options also.

Local rumours that Costa was interested in the property remained unconfirmed this week as the coffee giants did not respond to inquiries.

Listed Building Consent to install a new shop front and make internal and external alterations at the former bank was also approved. The former Clydesdale bank building has been vacant since the end of 2012.

nCOUNCILLORS knocked back two applications relating to listed Roman House in Grange Terrace, Bo’ness, at Falkirk municipal buildings on Wednesday.

They held they would have been out of keeping with the surrounding conservation area, despite both sets of plans submitted by owner Mr V Duployen having been recommended for approval by council planning officers.

Mr Duployen wanted to divide the garden ground and build a single storey home, with a new driveway for the existing house.

Wednesday’s refusals were repeats of decisions taken by members on two identical applications last year, also recommended for approval by planners.

At a site visit earlier this month, the application agent stated the development proposal had been designed and sited to reflect its location in a conservation area.

The unusual size and shape of the garden lent itself to an extra house, the agent said. Both homes would keep a reasonable level of garden ground and would be unseen from the road.

Several objections from members of the public had been raised.