Halifax bank branch to close to make way for new shops and apartments

Halifax bank branch to close to make way for new shops and apartments
Halifax bank branch to close to make way for new shops and apartments

Halifax in Bearwood Road, Smethwick, would close and be replaced by two new shops and six apartments, according to a planning application submitted by Perry Barr-based NTInvestments.

During this move, the existing bank will be renovated and then split into two new units.

An extension would also be built at the rear, next to the currently unused second floor, which would house six new apartments.

The two one-bedroom apartments and the four two-bedroom apartments come with two parking spaces.

A statement accompanying the application said: “The design of the retail spaces and apartments has been carefully considered to ensure they are both functional and visually appealing.

“The retail units are designed to attract new businesses that complement the surrounding area, while the apartments provide attractive living spaces that meet the national space standard for residents.

“The conversion of the existing bank building in Halifax into retail would help diversify the commercial offering in the area, stimulate economic dynamism and meet the needs of both local residents and visitors.

“As with much of the financial sector, many high street banks no longer feel they need a high street presence due to the increasing use of technology.

“The building’s strategic location, combined with its architectural integrity, make it an ideal candidate for reuse, while preserving its history.

“In addition, the introduction of apartments at the rear of the site would meet the growing demand for living spaces in sustainable locations, offering easy access to amenities, employment and public transport hubs.

“Overall, the proposed development would breathe new life into the existing building and surrounding area, creating retail opportunities and much-needed housing.”

The branch opened in Bearwood in 1997.

The bank is located a stone’s throw from the former Ex-Catalogue Direct store in Bearwood, which will soon become a new shisha lounge, cocktail bar and restaurant.

Deniz Akgul’s plans include a new shish shi bar and restaurant on the ground and first floors, with a cocktail bar on the second floor and a new roof terrace along Anderson Road, previously located on the site of wallpaper and paint discounter Home Zone.