Padiham bank apartment plan wins backing

APARTMENT PLAN: The former Nat West Bank in the centre of Padiham.
APARTMENT PLAN: The former Nat West Bank in the centre of Padiham.

One of Padiham’s most iconic buildings looks set to have new life breathed into it.

A plan to convert the second floor of the former NatWest Bank in Burnley Road into a two-bedroomed apartment has been submitted to Burnley Borough Council.

An integral part of the scheme involves reinstating six dormer windows that were part of the original Grade 11 listed building when it was constructed in 1901 by the Manchester and District Bank.

The plan was welcomed by Chairman of Project Padiham Mrs Carol Stinton who said: “Initially I had concerns about the installation of the dormer windows but now I have seen the plans and how they were part of the original build it will be like restoring it to its former glory.

“This is an important building in the town and I support a scheme that will bring it back into use instead of lying derelict.’’

The building, which is located in the Padiham Conservation area, had been home to the NatWest bank from around 1968 until it was closed down two years ago. Set over four floors the property includes a cellar, ground floor where the now closed bank was housed, along with a hair salon and insurance company that are still operating, and the second floor.

In plans put forward by Fitzgerald Planning and Design, three new dormer windows would be reinstated on the Burnley Road side of the building, three at the rear in Eccleshill Street and a new one created on the southern side of the property.

Qualified craftsman and builders would be tasked with removing existing slate tiles to reveal the old openings and sympathetically restore the windows.

The only internal alterations carried out would be the creation of two new door openings into the disused store and former bedroom to create a dining lounge and kitchen. The report points out that the proposal would help to secure a long term use for a redundant space in a “key focal building in the heart of Padiham.’’

It also states that the original dormer windows once formed part of the building’s character and distinctiveness and the new ones have been carefully designed to reflect the original ones and make a positive contribution to the town’s landscape.