AN empty town centre bank could be converted into a taxi office.

The branch of Yorkshire Bank on Buttermarket Street in Warrington town centre closed last year and the building has been empty since.

Now an application has been lodged with Warrington Borough Council to reopen the building.

The building dates from the 1920s or 30s according to planning documents and a new front entrance will be created if the scheme is approved.

Documents add: "Towns and villages are changing rapidly in the way they function.

"Business and retail is making room for leisure, and buildings are having to adapt in order to remain viable and sustainable.

"This building and others like it provide a tangible link to our continued understanding of our built environment and the historic purpose of its buildings.

"The contribution this and other buildings make to the character of the high-street serve as a benchmark for future development ensuring that the high-quality architectural character of the area acts as a defence against cheap low-quality developments."

You can see the application at by searching 2021/40301