Bank may be forced to move

Branch could be­come a restau­rant

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

A BANK in Uxbridge High Street faces an un­cer­tain fu­ture af­ter it was re­vealed the build­ing’s land­lord has filed plans to con­vert the branch into a restau­rant or cafe.

NatWest Bank, which is part of The Pav­il­ions Shop­ping Cen­tre, could be forced to move af­ter a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved by Hilling­don Coun­cil in May.

The ap­pli­ca­tion asked the coun­cil to change the build­ing from a fi­nan­cial and pro­fes­sional ser­vices build­ing to a restau­rant and cafe build­ing.

It also in­cluded plans to make the build­ing more visible and more ac­ces­si­ble.

A spokesper­son for NatWest told the Gazette: “We’re aware of the plans sub­mit­ted by our land­lord.

“We’re mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion closely and ex­plor­ing all plans to main­tain a pres­ence within the lo­cal area.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted to Hilling­don Coun­cil by LaSalle In­vest­ment Man­age­ment on be­half of MPTL.

A state­ment from the ap­pli­cants said: “The pro­posal will add to the vi­tal­ity of the town cen­tre, pro­vide a much-needed cater­ing re­source just a step from the sta­tion and en­cour­age pedes­trian trips be­tween Wind­sor Street and High Street.”

It is un­clear when NatWest could move from the site or if there are any busi­nesses lined up to move in.

n DE­SIGN: An artist’s im­pres­sion of how the new restau­rant or cafe could look at NatWest in Uxbridge High Street

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