Restaurant and apartment hopes for prominent town centre building

NEW LIFE: An artist's impression of what the former Lloyds Bank building on Skinnergate, Darlington, could look like after being converted into a restaurant

NEW LIFE: An artist's impression of what the former Lloyds Bank building on Skinnergate, Darlington, could look like after being converted into a restaurant

First published in News by , Reporter (Darlington)

A GRADE II listed building that formerly housed a Lloyds Bank branch in Darlington is set to be turned into a new restaurant and apartments.

The building, on the corner of Skinnergate, has been bought by Leeds-based developer Gregory Projects who are submitting a planning application to refurbish the property and request permission to change its use.

The developer wants to provide leisure accommodation on the ground floor and basement, and apartments on the upper levels.

The acquisition comes as Gregory Property Group is actively expanding its portfolio of developments and ventures into residential development following improved market conditions.

Director Richard Tovey said: “Whilst most of our ventures remain in Yorkshire we are not limited to seeking opportunities further afield.

“The area is a busy and vibrant part of town at the start of the pedestrianisation with a number of national restaurant operators already represented including Pizza Express, Joe Rigatoni and Uno Momento.

“We feel that the site pitch will appeal strongly to restaurant operators due to its double frontage at the junction of Skinnergate and Coniscliffe Road.

“There is also demand for inner city living and we hope to deliver five apartments.”

Gregory Property Group wants to improve the interior of the building and provide additional glazing to the front façade.

Subject to planning approval, the developer hopes that an early start can be made to the work.

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4:57pm Wed 13 Aug 14

The Love Slug says...

NANDOS I RECKON
NANDOS I RECKON The Love Slug
  • Score: 1

6:28pm Wed 13 Aug 14

marilyn49 says...

Just what the town needs.....another place to eat.
Just what the town needs.....another place to eat. marilyn49
  • Score: -2

2:35am Thu 14 Aug 14

SirLance says...

Where would the patrons park?? It's already a costly nightmare to park nearby the Skinnergate area! I guess you could park at Sainsburys and walk but then once at Sainsburys---why bother??
Where would the patrons park?? It's already a costly nightmare to park nearby the Skinnergate area! I guess you could park at Sainsburys and walk but then once at Sainsburys---why bother?? SirLance
  • Score: -6

11:56am Thu 14 Aug 14

miketually says...

SirLance wrote:
Where would the patrons park?? It's already a costly nightmare to park nearby the Skinnergate area! I guess you could park at Sainsburys and walk but then once at Sainsburys---why bother??
The same places that they park when using any of the other successful restaurants in that area?
[quote][p][bold]SirLance[/bold] wrote: Where would the patrons park?? It's already a costly nightmare to park nearby the Skinnergate area! I guess you could park at Sainsburys and walk but then once at Sainsburys---why bother??[/p][/quote]The same places that they park when using any of the other successful restaurants in that area? miketually
  • Score: 20

12:02pm Thu 14 Aug 14

EDd____ says...

The Love Slug wrote:
NANDOS I RECKON
Food Bank!
[quote][p][bold]The Love Slug[/bold] wrote: NANDOS I RECKON[/p][/quote]Food Bank! EDd____
  • Score: 7

12:50pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Thor67 says...

There's already going to be a Nandos on the new cinema development at the Town Hall Car Park. Something like a TGI Fridays or a World Buffet would be nice (IMO of course)
There's already going to be a Nandos on the new cinema development at the Town Hall Car Park. Something like a TGI Fridays or a World Buffet would be nice (IMO of course) Thor67
  • Score: -1

2:44pm Thu 14 Aug 14

mark r says...

its a welcome change a new businesses wants to open in the town centre hopefully the council will allow the planning permission its got to be better than another empty property or another charity shop
its a welcome change a new businesses wants to open in the town centre hopefully the council will allow the planning permission its got to be better than another empty property or another charity shop mark r
  • Score: 16

8:38am Fri 15 Aug 14

Phildxb says...

I moved from Darlington many years ago but still keep in touch with friends and follow the football team When did Lloyds Bank move it seems to me that they have always been in Skinnergate
I moved from Darlington many years ago but still keep in touch with friends and follow the football team When did Lloyds Bank move it seems to me that they have always been in Skinnergate Phildxb
  • Score: 1

12:22pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Swany45 says...

Not another food outlet ,the town is swamped with them and on top of that why ruin another great looking building . Darlington has lost too many old buildings that looked far better than the so called modern look which is the same old same old as loads of other towns .Get a grip planners turn down the ground floor destruction of a lovely looking building

Swany45
Not another food outlet ,the town is swamped with them and on top of that why ruin another great looking building . Darlington has lost too many old buildings that looked far better than the so called modern look which is the same old same old as loads of other towns .Get a grip planners turn down the ground floor destruction of a lovely looking building Swany45 Swany45
  • Score: 1

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