HSBC bank destroyed by thieves in JCB digger ramraid to be transformed in South Cave

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Mar 2017

A bank that closed after it was ramraided by thieves is set to be turned into independent shops.

The cash machine at the HSBC Bank in Market Place, South Cave, was ripped from the wall by the thieves using a JCB digger.

The men drove the JCB into the bank around a dozen times and tore the cash machine from the wall on February 27 2015.

HSBC decided not to reopen the branch despite making assurances that it was committed to get it back up and running the bank, saying it would cost too much.

After being boarded up for more than two years an application has now been submitted to turn the bank into the two shops and flats upstairs.

Andrew Hull has submitted an application to revive the building which also includes a former newsagents.

Although not stated in the application, the Mail understands the new outlets will be taken by independent retailers, such as a bridal wear shop.

In the design and access statement, agent Benson Planning Studio say: "We feel there are sufficient positives to justify the proposed scheme identified at 79 and 81 Market Place.

"The properties will undergo a significant redevelopment but the proposals respect the status of the buildings and the area in which they are located.

"The buildings have been empty for some time and their appearance has begun to decline because of the lack of occupation and general maintenance and the proposed redevelopment of the site will result in a positive feature within the area.

"The appearance of the streetscene will be enhanced because of the removal of the existing hoarding and replacement of this feature and an adjacent shop front with two traditional style shop fronts."

The applicant also believes the flats will be a welcome addition to the area.

In the design and access statement, it says: "The completed development will provide all the modern facilities of 21st century living and a unique place for its future occupants to live and it will provide a variation of residential accommodation with the village.

"Full consideration has been taken to the provision of car parking, highway safety, neighbouring properties, design, land use and general relationships and it is considered that the proposal in its entirety fulfills all these aspects."

But there have been concerns raised by neighbours over the plans to raise the height of the building which could overlook other properties and also the visual impact and harm to the area's appearance.

The application is set to be considered by East Riding Council's planning committee next month.

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