A VACANT city centre bank could be brought back into use if new plans are approved.

The Royal Bank of Scotland closed its Bank Street branch in March 2022 with the banking giant arguing that fewer people were using physical branches.

The Grade II-listed building was then sold at auction for £315,000 late last year.

Now a planning application has been submitted to Bradford Council that would see the ground floor of the property kept as a commercial use, with the upper floors, former office space for the bank, converted into nine flats – something the applicants say will “reinvigorate” the former bank.


Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The former RBS on Bank StreetThe former RBS on Bank Street (Image: Newsquest)

The application, submitted by a Mr Erdem of London-based real estate company Europe Entertainment Ltd, says the ground floor will “remain a versatile open space” for future businesses, with three flats being created on each of the three floors above.

The application adds: “Through careful design considerations, we aim to ensure that the proposed development respects the heritage of the existing property and its context, to provide additional living space whilst contributing positively to the city centre conservation area.”

A decision on the application is expected next month.