Bank Could Become A Café & Extended Poundstretcher to Open Soon

The National Westminster Bank in Bedford Square, Houghton Regis is set to close on November 18th. An application has been put in to Central Bedfordshire Council to change the former bank in Tithe Farm Road into a cafe or restaurant.

The bank have said that they only had 59 customers and that transactions had fallen by 34 per cent since 2011. An arrangement has been made with the Post office for customers to check balances and make withdrawals there.

A document in the application states, "The planning application has been submitted simply to establish whether the principle of the proposed change of use to a Class 3 (Restaurant/Cafe) is acceptable in this location."

In 1997 there was a refusal for a change of use. "SB/97/00492 CHANGE OF USE FROM BANK TO CLASS A3 (FOOD AND DRINK) - Refused.
Conditions or Reasons:
1) 1. The unspecified nature of the proposed uses, within Class A3 of the Schedule to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 would, if conducted within the application premises, be likely to give rise to unacceptable nuisance to nearby residential properties by reason of noise and general disturbance. The proposal is therefore contrary to Policy BE11 of the South Bedfordshire Local Plan."

Comments on the latest planning application could be sent to the case officer, Details can be found by going to and searching for 15/04201 .

How to Object to Planning Applications: Guide Book (pdf)

Meanwhile, Poundstretchers redevelopment of the former Tesco Express continues apace. The new larger Poundstretcher will enable the store to offer a wider range of products. The existing Poundstretcher store is due to be refurbished once the new side is operational. They are thought to be opening later this month.
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Bank Could Become A Café & Extended Poundstretcher to Open Soon
Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Tuesday, 10 November 2015