New bank plans to be dis­cussed

Solihull News - - IT TALK -

PLANS to build a new bank in Soli­hull town cen­tre are set to be con­sid­ered at a fu­ture meet­ing of the coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee.

Metro Bank has said that its ap­pli­ca­tion to open a branch at the cor­ner of High Street and Mill Lane would cre­ate 25 jobs.

But the pro­posal, which was orig­i­nally due to go be­fore coun­cil­lors last month, had prompted con­cerns about the im­pact on the con­ser­va­tion area – the site is a short dis­tance from the town’s 15th cen­tury Manor House.

Both His­toric Eng­land and Soli­hull Coun­cil’s own of­fi­cers had raised con­cerns about the plans to de­mol­ish two units and erect a new build­ing in their place and the ap­pli­ca­tion had been rec­om­mended for re­fusal.

While the item was in­cluded on the agenda ahead of the May 16 meet­ing, Coun­cil­lor David Bell, the plan­ning com­mit­tee’s chair­man, an­nounced it would not be dis­cussed. Soli­hull Coun­cil this week con­firmed the item had been with­drawn and it is un­der­stood that fur­ther dis­cus­sions are now tak­ing place be­tween the plan­ning depart­ment and the ap­pli­cant. The next meet­ing is sched­uled for June 13.

Founded in 2010, Metro Bank was the first new High Street bank­ing chain to launch in the UK for more than 150 years.

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