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Green light given for former bank to become cafe with soft play area

PUBLISHED: 13:32 19 February 2020 | UPDATED: 15:35 19 February 2020

The former Barclays bank will be turned into a cafe and soft play area Picture: Getty Images/PA Images/Ian West.

The former Barclays bank will be turned into a cafe and soft play area Picture: Getty Images/PA Images/Ian West.

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Permission has been given for a former bank building to be turned into a café with a soft play area.

The vacant Barclays Bank building in Swaffham, which closed its doors in the town for the final time back in July 2018, has remained empty for almost two years. Picture: Tim Ireland/PA WireThe vacant Barclays Bank building in Swaffham, which closed its doors in the town for the final time back in July 2018, has remained empty for almost two years. Picture: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The vacant Barclays Bank building in Swaffham, which closed its doors in the town for the final time back in July 2018, has remained empty for almost two years.

Now, Breckland Council has approved plans for the old building to be turned into a café and soft play area.

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Plans were submitted to Breckland Council in December 2019 showing proposed building drawings with improvements to the front.

The plans are requesting change of use from financial and professional services, to retail and restaurants and cafes, while also retaining the original use.

A letter submitted to the council said: "Subject to the change of use there is a potential tenant for A3 use [restaurants and café] which will be a café with an integral children's soft play area.

"There is no such facilities in town at the present and such a use would be a positive development for Swaffham."


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