Developer reveals plans for eyesore former bank

The former HSBC bank and Costa in Leyburn.

A property developer has announced plans to restore the former HSBC bank building in Leyburn.

The dilapidated building has been empty since Costa shut in 2020.

Steve Weatherill, from Leeds-based Movida Property Group, says he has signed terms on the building with the aim of completely renovating the premises.

Steve told Richmondshire Today: “We’re looking to get a commercial tenant on the ground floor. It would lend itself to a restaurant or bistro.

“It could be one or two units depending on what the tenant wants.

“We’ve got the architect coming next week to discuss converting the first and second floors into high-end flats. We’re thinking there could be four, possibly five flats in total.”

Steve said planning permission would be sought for the work, with the renovation only able to start once approval had been obtained.

He said he was aware the building needed a new roof and this had been factored in, along with plans to clean the front of the premises.

He added: “We’ve had lots of positivity about our plans which is great.

“We’re hoping to get the building back to how it should be, which is what the town deserves.”

The developer has appealed for anyone interested in leasing the ground floor area to come forward.

Local builders interested in working on the renovation are also being sought.

The premises was a branch of HSBC until its closure in June 2017.

The building was then put on the market with an asking price of £220,000.

It opened as a Costa in 2019 but shut just a year later.

The building was again put up for sale with offers wanted of around £300,000.

The dilapidated condition of the building prompted complaints from town councillors who attempted to contact the building’s owners to make improvements.

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