A BID to convert a former Sedgley bank into a bar and restaurant has been given the go-ahead.

The former Barclays Bank on Bull Ring will be turned into a bar and eatery with two flats above after planners at Dudley Council gave the application the go-ahead.

A design and access statement states: "This conversion will enhance the area and bring additional trade and investment in to the town centre, whilst providing much needed additional residential accommodation at first floor.

"The redevelopment of the building will bring back into use a currently redundant building."

It goes on to say there are pubic car parks and on street parking locally.

The building was built in the mid 19th century and has been empty for around a year.

Notes state: "The building externally is generally in reasonable repair."

One flat will be a one-bed and the other will have two bedrooms. The bar/restaurant will not be allowed to open after midnight. 

Th application for a change of use from bank to bar and restaurant with two flats above was approved on December 1.