By Charlotte Green, Local Democracy Reporter
AN EMPTY bank could be transformed into a cafe and co-working space, as well as new flats.
Plans have been submitted to Tameside council which would see the former Yorkshire Bank site in Hyde town centre converted.
The bank on Market Street closed more than two years ago and the building has been vacant ever since.
However the property, which is yards away from Hyde Town Hall, was sold in April last year for £191,000, according to Pugh Auctions.
It’s now proposed to turn the ground floor into a co-working space and cafe, with the upper floors for residential use.
A report submitted to the town hall on behalf of the applicant says the cafe would be ‘for the community’.
There would be four studio flats and six one bedroom flats created, as well as a three-storey extension and conversion of the attic into a usable floor for penthouse apartments.
“The development will contribute positively to the local economy, enhance the high street’s character while providing a good design to its users and inhabitants,” the report by Hussein Architectural Design states.
“The café and some seating area is positioned at the front to create an inviting environment for the passers by.
“The co-working area is situated at the back to provide some sort of privacy from the street.”
The front of the building would be done up with a ‘traditional’ store-front glazing, with a central main door to match other shops on the street, including the No.64 cafe.
The extension will be designed to blend in with the existing properties, and will also have a ‘traditional’ look, according to the documents.
This would involve using slate tiles to match the current roof, as well as using reclaimed bricks which can be sourced as ‘locally as possible to support the local building economy’.
The application has been made by Cp Spv 9 Ltd, a company based in Manchester.