A former bank could be turned into a cocktail bar serving cold tapas under new plans.

David Poole has applied to Rossendale Council to change the former NatWest bank building on Burnley Road in Crawshawbooth into a drinking establishment.

The building is three-storeys (including a basement) with the ground floor previously used for the sale of care goods with a small toilet and kitchen facilities for the employees occupying the business premises.

The first floor is a residential flat with separate access from Co-Operation street. The basement is used for storage.

A planning statement submitted to the council reads: “The proposal is not to change any external features of the building.

“The application is for a change of use; the building is to be a cocktail bar serving a small tapas menu.

“There would be no changes externally and internally some of the old bank features are retained within the new fit-out.

“The proposed opening hours have not been fully confirmed.

“The licence has been applied for with the following opening hours but there will be two days of closure during the working week.”

If plans are approved, three full time job roles will be created and opening hours will be 12pm until 11pm Monday to Friday as well as Sunday, and 12pm until midnight on Saturdays (with two days of closure during the week).

Anyone wishing to comment on the plans can do so via Rossendale Council’s planning portal.