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Armley: New lease of life for former bank as cafe plans receive green light

The former HSBC bank in Armley will be transformed into a cafe, after Leeds City Council approved a new planning application for the site.

Applicant Mr Soheil Kahani wants to breathe new life into the building, at the junction of Stocks Hill and Crab Lane, by turning it into a cafe, with a new extraction flue and shop frontage.

The building has been empty after HSBC closed its branch there some years ago.

A design statement accompanying the application added:

“Every effort has been made in this proposal to meet the planning policies of the council. It is of upmost importance for developments to match and complement the existing properties in the area.”

The statement added that there are ample parking spaces nearby and that the bins would be stored in the basement.

Approving the application in principle, a council planning officer’s report said:

“The proposed end use will secure that this site remains in a viable commercial use and there will be the retention and possible creation of jobs and investment into the site that are likely to bring economic benefits as a result.”

The plans have been approved subject to a raft of conditions, including limiting the opening hours to 11am to 11pm daily.

The plans can be viewed in full here.

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