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Barclays Bank applies for planning permission to decommission its Bishop’s Stortford branch

Barclays Bank has applied for planning permission to decommission its branch in Bishop’s Stortford.

The last customers are set to be served on Friday April 12, after closure plans were confirmed on January 12 this year.

The three-storey building in North Street is not listed but is in the town’s conservation area.

Barclays Bank in North Street
Barclays Bank in North Street

The bank has asked East Herts Council for permission to remove all internal counters and furniture. Outside, it wants to take down signage and remove the cashpoint and fill in the resulting hole in the wall with rendered blockwork, painted to match the rest of the building.

A planning and design statement submitted on Barclays’ behalf says: “The original building fabric will not be altered, removed or concealed. All existing original features will not be affected by the proposed works.

“The proposed works are intended to return the building to pre-Barclays occupation as much as it is possible.”

Barclays’ closure decision was condemned by some customers and commentators concerned at the impact on the elderly and infirm who are not comfortable with internet banking or are unable to travel to other branches.

Barclays maintained that 94% of people who used the branch in 2022 had also banked with them by phone, online and via the app.

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