PLANS to turn a former burger restaurant into a new bank have been approved by Bradford Council.

Metro Bank announced last month that it planned to open one of its first Yorkshire branches in the Xchange development opposite the Broadway.

The company submitted a planning application to convert the former Five Guys restaurant and neighbouring Bright House into a bank, as well as installing new signs and ATMs.

Bright House would re-locate to opposite the light cinema as part of the proposals.

The application has now been approved by planning officers, and the company hopes to open the unit next year. The bank will open from early in the morning until late at night, seven-days-a-week.

The new Metro Bank will create 25 jobs, and the company has signed a 25-year lease for the property.

The two units will be merged into a 485 square metre unit, and the bank will also take up some first floor space. 

Planning officers said: "The proposed shopfronts will utilise a high degree of glazing (as they do at present) and will present an active frontage to the streetscape."

Unlike most banks, Metrobank branches are open seven days a week, and during weekdays they open from 8am to 8pm.

Bradford’s only branch of popular burger chain Five Guys closed its doors March, having only opened in 2016. The prominent corner unit, opposite both he Broadway Shopping Centre and iconic Wool Exchange, has been vacant since.