Plans for new café bar in former Newport bank building
Written by BBC News on March 22, 2019
A Staffordshire brewery is seeking planning permission to transform a former bank building into a community café bar.
The old NatWest building in Newport High Street could get a new lease of life if plans submitted by a local brewery are given the thumbs up by Telford and Wrekin planners.
Titanic Brewery Ltd wants to transform the vacant building into a community café bar, operating under the BOD Titanic Brewery Café & Bar name. The brewery already operates several pubs in the region, including those operating as BOD’s in Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, and Trentham.
Plans submitted to Telford and Wrekin Council detail the proposed investment which will involve retaining the existing building design. They propose to keep the architectural character and scale of the building but would redecorate the frontage, retaining the existing windows and doors, but would reconfigure the access ramp so that it can easily reached from the High Street.
Inside, the footprint would remain largely unchanged but they propose to add a new part mezzanine floor to the existing double height entrance area, and to a add new counters, finishes and fittings. Toilets would be reconfigured on the first floor, and a new disabled toilet would be added on the ground floor. A new seating area would be created in the courtyard at the rear of the building.
The café bar would open from 8am, with alcohol licencing proposed from 11am subject to a licencing application. The company says it plans to employ 14 members of staff at the new location.
Founded in 1985, Titanic Brewery has been brewing beer in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent and is run by local brothers, Keith & Dave Bott. They brew over 3 million pints of beer per year with the beer sold throughout the UK. In addition to the BOD Café Bar concept, they currently operate 8 pubs, including The White Star in Stoke-on-Trent, The Sun in Stafford, and the Royal Exchange in Stone. The company employs over 150 people.
Telford and Wrekin planning officials will make a decision on the proposal in the coming months. You can view the plans on the Telford & Wrekin Council website.