Former Wisbech Barclays town centre bank could be turned into flats under new plans

Exterior of red brick bank building with Barclays sign on it.
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A developer is looking to convert the closed Barclays bank in Wisbech town centre into 24 new flats. Plans to redevelop the building in Old Market have been submitted to Fenland District Council by Silverwood Property Holdings Limited. The developer has claimed turning the closed bank into new homes would help “contribute to the vitality and viability” of the town centre.

Barclays closed its Wisbech branch in 2022, as it said the number of people using the bank branch had been declining. The Grade II Listed building is currently empty and the developer said its proposals would help bring the building back into use. The developer is proposing to convert the former bank into 24 flats, including 15 studio apartments and nine one-bedroom flats.

They said the redevelopment would help to meet the housing need in the area and would help to “support the local economy”. The developer said: “The change of use of the building to residential use will ensure that it continues to contribute to the vitality and viability of the town centre as a whole as it will increase the number of people living within it and reliant upon it for goods and services.”

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As well as being a Grade II Listed building, the former bank is also located within the Wisbech Conservation Area. The developer said they would “minimise the extent” of the alterations needed for the building in order to “maximise the retention of historic fabric”. They said: “It is considered that this application proposal would have a positive impact upon the Wisbech Conservation Area both preserving and enhancing it. The conversion of the building to residential use will ensure its active reuse in an historic environment where heritage is at identified risk”.

The developer said they were not planning to provide any car parking for the new flats, but said the building is in a “highly sustainable location” in the town centre. A decision on whether the redevelopment can go ahead will be made by the district council after it has considered the proposals.

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