Plans are in to turn three floors of offices into flats in a prominent former bank building in York city centre.
Ousegate House on Nessgate, formerly home to the Royal Bank of Scotland, is a four-storey building. A proposal to turn the ground floor into a ‘significant’ restaurant or bar, known as The Coach House, has already been put forward by owners the Helmsley Group.
They are hoping to attract a major leisure operator for to run the venue, which has a capacity for almost 150 customers in a prime city centre location.
Now they are asking permission to turn the first, second and third floor offices into 15 flats.
Because of its ‘landlocked’ position in York city centre, there would be no parking provided.
“The proposal is for residents to have access to personal transport, being either cycles or public transport,” planning documents state.
“The change of use is proposed to allow the site to be brought back into use in a prominent location within the city centre shopping and retail core, rather than being left vacant/ unoccupied for an unknown timeframe.”
It adds: “It is our opinion this proposal forms appropriate development within the context of the area providing a continued use for a city centre structure, showing diversity is key to keeping the city’s vibrant atmosphere for many years to come.”
You can read the full plans on the City of York Council planning portal here.