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Yorkshire Bank eyes up opening in Fishergate

Posted on - 7th December, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News
This empty shop in Fishergate could have a new tenant Pic: Tony Worrall

This empty shop in Fishergate could have a new tenant Pic: Tony Worrall

A boarded up eyesore on Preston’s main shopping street could soon be home to a new bank.

Yorkshire Bank is understood to be bringing the former bookshop on the corner of Chapel Street and Fishergate back into use.

Plans tabled by planning consultants Cassidy and Ashton show how the banking group would revamp the block and install two new cash machines.

New shop fronts and windows would be brought in, and be in keeping with the rest of the newly revamped Fishergate.

As the 1970s building falls within the Winckley Square Conservation Area it would need to observe certain strict heritage planning regulations.

Although the plans are not lodged by Yorkshire Bank itself, the proposed plans give details about how the “curtain walling details to be confirmed by Yorkshire Bank” and in another section say the “Yorkshire branding” is needed.

The bank currently operates from premises in Orchard Street, between Friargate and the Market. It is not known whether the Fishergate branch would be in addition to this bank, or whether it would be a relocation.

A spokeswoman for Yorkshire Bank said they could not comment at this stage.

What do you think of the proposals? Do you bank with Yorkshire Bank? Let us know in the comments below

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