Plans lodged to turn Ballantrae bank into home

The RBS in Ballantrae could be transformed into a family home.
The RBS in Ballantrae could be transformed into a family home.

Plans have been lodged by af Ballantrae man as he hopes to transform the village’s former Royal Bank of Scotland into a four bedroom home.

The RBS in the Main Street was shut down in September last year and replaced with a mobile unit service after figures revealed only 16 customers using were using the branch each week.

Now Jim Miller, who currently resides at The Vennel in Ballantrae hopes to get permission to transform the building into a home.

Plans show that the ground floor which was home to office space would be transformed with two rooms becoming lounges with a dining room and a playroom also being built on the ground floor.

On the upper level, RBS also used the space for five offices of varying size as well as a bathroom.

Mr Miller’s plans show proposals to turn the former bank into a house with four bedrooms on the upper level with an additional dressing room while the existing bathroom would be kept on the first floor.

RBS shut many of its rural banks last year as part of a restructuring of the business with branches in New Cumnock, Catrine, Sanquhar and Newmilns also closing.