New bank plans to be discussed
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 Solihull Council this week confirmed the item had been withdrawn and it is understood that further discussions are now taking place between the planning department and the applicant.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.