The restaurant plan for the old bank has been approved as an Ayrshire building ready to come back to life five years after closing

The old Clydesdale Bank building in Cumnock is due to be completed five years after the bank closes.

The premises, in The Square, will become a restaurant after planners approve a change of use.

The Old Bank is a B listed building which means there are major restrictions on changes that can be made to the property.

The planners’ report states: ‘The property is the ground floor of a Grade B listed building, which was historically Clydesdale Bank, and is within the conservation area.

“The proposal is to change the use of the ground floor of the building from Financial and Professional Services to Food and Beverage in order to establish a restaurant.

“It also aims to install a vent on an exterior wall at the rear and refurbish the windows on the main elevation.”

The building permit was granted subject to conditions. During construction, no work will be permitted between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday and should not be audible from the perimeter of the site on Sundays and public holidays.

Other conditions have been included, relating to odors and fumes from the kitchen.

The council’s environmental health department initially opposed the development on the grounds that the ventilation system was not appropriate for the intended use.

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This was later canceled following assurances from the developers.

The planners also agreed that the proposed external changes to the building were “considered sensitive to the listed building and the surrounding conservation area”.

Historic windows and doors will be retained and renovated rather than replaced, which planners say would protect the historic character of the building.

The report concluded: “The proposed change of use will increase the amenity of Cumnock town center by introducing a restaurant to the area.”

The request has been approved by the delegated officers.

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