Plans to convert Colyton's former Lloyds bank into apartments

PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:28 04 December 2017

The closure of Lloyds Bank in Colyton sparked a major protest. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

The closure of Lloyds Bank in Colyton sparked a major protest. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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The applicants say they are aware of the 'necessity' of keeping retail/office space within the town centre.

Plans have been submitted to convert Colyton’s former Lloyds Bank into apartments.

Mr and Mrs Hall, who purchased the redundant bank this year, also want to form a new access to the apartments at the rear of the building.

Lloyds took up residence in the Market Place-based building in 1914 - before that, it was used as a merchant’s house and was formerly a branch of the Wilts and Dorset Bank founded in Salisbury in 1835.

When Lloyds publicised its decision to close down the village’s bank, the community held a big protest to fight the plans.

However, the bank closed in October 2016.

In their application, the Halls say they are aware of the ‘necessity’ of keeping retail/office space within the town centre.

As such, they will be keeping the banking hall and sundry rooms for that purpose, while pushing on with plans to convert the remaining ground floor space into two apartments.

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