PLANS have been revealed to revamp a former bank in Thornbury. 

A planning application has been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council to transform the old HSBC bank on the High Street. 

The unit - which used to be a HSBC before shutting in August 2022 - has been described as 'dilapidated' and in need of a refurbishment. 

Proposals include transforming the shop front by replacing its windows as well as making its entrance more accessible with a new ramp. 

In addition, the plan includes adding in a new replacement air conditioning system to the rear of the property. 

The application was submitted to South Gloucestershire Council by property developers Peer Group Real Estate on December 15, 2023.

The property used to be known as Midland Bank and before that Bristol Co-operative Society. 

A planning statement reads: “The proposed works will improve the accessibility, attractiveness, environmental performance, and internal climate of the building. 

“The works will mean the property can meet the demands of the modern retail market.

“The existing shopfront does not maximise the full potential of the frontage to provide an open and attractive shop front and as such does not suffice for most modern retailers.

“The shopfront has a stepped entrance which means it is inaccessible for many and conflicts with works to create more on-street parking for Blue Badge holders along the High Street.

“The existing timber single glazed windows are decayed, are beyond economic repair, and have poor thermal performance.

"The proposed works will provide a level entrance and an internal ramp.

"The existing stepped entrance and single entrance door makes the property either impossible or challenging to access for many such as those with a disability, the elderly, and push chairs.

"This excludes a large a amount of prospective customers and employees from using and enjoying the premises and as a consequence makes them challenging to market."

Peer Group Real Estate have been approached for comment.

You can view the application quoting P23/03406/F or see here -