Pudsey: Green light for new cafe proposal at former HSBC bank

A former Pudsey bank has moved closer to becoming a new cafe, after council planning chiefs approved an application for a change of use for the building.

Like reported last week by WLDthe American multinational coffee chain Starbucks is interested in taking over the former HSBC building on Church Lane.

The plaintiff was named as Church Yard (Morley) Ltdwith agent listed as based in Huddersfield Code L6 Architecture. WLD learned that the local candidate was working alongside Starbucks with the proposal.

The council’s planning chiefs have now issued a ‘proposed legal development certificate’ to change the building’s use from a bank to a cafe.

The building has stood empty since HSBC closed its branch, on the corner of Church Lane and Robin Lane, in October 2020. The building, which has a guide price of £475,000, is no longer listed on the website of property firm Mark Brearley & Company. It was last week listed as to be ‘under offer’.

Trish Smith, president of the Pudsey Business Network Forum, has already given Starbucks a lukewarm reception and encouraged people to support local independent businesses in the city.

Reaction on social media to the possibility of Starbucks coming to Pudsey has been mixed.

Posting on Facebook, Liz Walker said: “We want local traders not multinationals in Pudsey! We already have fabulous cafes with great coffee and friendly service.

Andrew Murphy added: “I think that’s what Pudsey needs, a big brand to invest in and hopefully attract more business. People will google the nearest Starbucks, not the smaller independents. I’m sure small cafes have regulars who come for the friendly familiar faces and Starbucks will attract visiting trades.