A FORMER bank building in Cleckheaton could soon be turned into a pizza takeaway and coffee lounge.
The prominent site has been empty since NatWest closed its branch on Bradford Road in May last year.
The two-storey corner property was bought for £166,000 at auction in June, and Leeds-based Willow Properties have been drafted in to develop the building.
The company, which is also working on the transformation of the nearby Central Arcade, has submitted a change-of-use planning application to Kirklees Council.
A design and access statement says a suitable tenant has been found for the property and a long-term lease has been signed subject to gaining approval.
The statement reads: “The new tenant proposes to relocate his existing business, Tarantino Pizza, currently based in Albion Street, Cleckheaton, to within the ground floor of the property.
“The business would offer hot food including pizza, pasta and burgers for takeaway and delivery.
“To help diversify the business, it is proposed to include a coffee lounge to the area fronting the main street.
“This would operate only during the day time, with a new door access formed from the former original door opening on the corner of the building.”
The ground floor would receive a full refurbishment, whilst the upper floor would be used for offices.