Plans to open a third betting shop in Staple Hill

There is scaffolding up outside the old bank

Plans to turn the old Lloyds Bank in Staple Hill into a betting shop have been lodged with South Gloucestershire Council.

The old bank at 124-126 High Street has been vacant since Lloyds ceased trading there in September 2019. There are already two bookmakers within a few metres of the old bank – Backhouse Bet and William Hill.

BoyleSports (UK) Limited have applied to change the use of the bank. Scaffolding has been put up outside the building and work has been taking place there this week.

The planning application say the unit’s central location ensures it will be well served by public transport.

“The site being vacant is having a detrimental effect on the quality of retail experience of High Street users. This proposal seeks to bring back into beneficial use a long-term vacant unit that would actively contribute to enhancing the commercial character of this frontage.

“The new shopfront will assist in providing an active frontage onto High Street and occupation of the unit will also enhance the vibrancy of the town centre.”

The proposal would create three full-time and three part-time jobs.

Both planning permission and advert consent for signage are being sought. The deadline for comments is 9th November.