AN APPLICATION to turn a former bank into a cafe complete with a selfie wall has been approved by the council.

Caffee Impresso Ltd submitted a change of use request to Blackburn with Darwen Council asking to sell food and drink from the premises on King William Street, which is currently designated for financial services.

A lawful development certificate was sought for the proposed change of use of the ground floor bank, formerly the Royal Bank of Scotland, to a restaurant or café and the request was approved.

The council deemed the development to be consistent with the provisions of the Town and Country Act 1990.

A planning officer report describes the site as a ‘modern building which occupies a prominent site on the corner of King William Street and Museum Street within Blackburn town centre. The application building is located with the Northgate Conservation Area, within an allocated primary shopping area.’ The report goes on to state: “However, it should be noted the proposed installation of any flue or alterations to the external face of the building are likely to require planning permission.

“In addition, any signage will require separate advertisement consent.”

Proposed plans for the cafe show a private room for dining, three bookable booths, a communal dining area, a cafe counter and a selfie wall for people to take pictures in front of.

There will also be a multi-faith space.