Redevelopment of former Barclays Bank building for commercial and residential use, Wakefield city centre.

Working closely with Neil Bowen Architecture and other specialists, JR Planning provided pre-application advice and subsequent Planning and Heritage Statements to inform and support the submission of a full planning application for the re-development of this prominent city centre building.

The proposal has resulted in the use of part of the building as a restaurant/ bar with roof terrace and the provision of residential accommodation on the upper floors. The proposal did not fit neatly with existing planning policy restrictions for the area and detailed justification was required to convince the Council that the scheme should be approved. However, following an inspection of the submitted documents the Case Officer was able to conclude that the scheme…

“…would not only bring this prominent building back into life but would add a sense of vibrancy to the area. At present, there are few attractions in this part of the town centre, yet the re-fit and re-use of this large, noticeable and attractive building on the intersection of three streets and in close proximity to the Royal Theatre and Unity House would inspire business confidence in the area, would play a supporting role to attractions like the Royal Theatre and Unity House, would play an economic role in providing jobs, and would play a social role by interacting with the public realm across all hours of the day and evening.”

The development is now up and running and is proving a great success and more details can be found here: https://yorkshirefoodguide.co.uk/blog/qubana-restaurant-wakefield/