A former branch of NatWest in a Derby suburb which campaigners tried to save from closure is to go under the hammer.
Earlier this year, the bank announced that its Mickleover branch, on the corner of Uttoxeter Road and Station Road, along with four others in Derbyshire, would shut due to a fall in transactions as more people bank online.
Residents and councillors campaigned for the bank to remain open, arguing that the branch would be viable in the future because more houses are due to be built in the area.
Letters and a 463-name petition were sent to Ross McEwan, chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, which owns NatWest, calling on him to halt plans to close its Mickleover branch.
But it did not persuade NatWest to change its decision and it pushed ahead with the closure of the Derbyshire branches – including Mickleover – in September and October.
Now the Mickleover branch, along with NatWest’s Ashbourne branch, in Church Street, will be auctioned off.
Both are included in a sale due to take place at Villa Park, Birmingham, on Thursday, December 14, organised by SDL Auctions Bigwood.
The sale catalogue shows that the Mickleover branch, which has a total floor space of around 1,400 sq ft, has a guide price of £100,000-plus.
The Ashbourne branch, which is a three-storey grade 2-listed property, with a floor space of 3,800 sq ft, has a guide price of £280,000.
The former NatWest in Ashbourne has been given a guide price of £280,000
Both banks are among nine former NatWest branches that will go under the hammer at the sale.
Ian Tudor, head of commercial auctions at SDL Auctions Bigwood, said: “These former NatWest Bank branches are all excellent, sizeable commercial properties in prime locations.
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“The grade 2-listed properties are particularly attractive. All nine lots are suitable for a wide range of potential future use, subject to necessary planning conditions.
“All nine lots include banking halls on the ground floors cleared for new use, with upper floors providing office accommodation and storage.
“We are experienced at successfully auctioning former bank premises and expect these NatWest bank properties to draw some strong bidding.”
Source: Derby Telegraph