A RETROSPECTIVE application to grant listed building consent to change a former Whitchurch bank into a cafe has been received by Shropshire Council.

Stephen Dainty, of Joli Spanish Cafe, has made the application to formally convert the Grade-II listed Barclays Bank building on High Street.

The bank closed in July 2021 but reopened as a cafe last year.

As both uses are within class E it does not require formal planning permission for change of use.


In a retrospective planning statement, they explained that the cafe would serve hot and cold (non-alcoholic) drinks and hot and cold food.

They added: “Hot food will comprise toasted sandwiches and paninis with no deep fat frying.

“We consider that the proposals do not have a significant impact on the building and do not affect the listed status."

They added they want to transform the ground floor and mezzanine level by redecorating the internal walls, changing the current servery counter, adding new lighting and removing existing carpet tiles.

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Alongside this transformation a kitchen will also be built in the former manager's office, as well as putting up new external signage.

Photographs of the changes, which have already taken place, have been included with the application.

The application was validated on August 9, and it is currently pending consideration by Shropshire Council planners.