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Former RBS location is set to be transformed into flats

The RBS at Ellon Road, Bridge of Don - MSP Lewis Macdonald with Donna Clark and John McKay. See closure story.
Picture by COLIN RENNIE February 23, 2018.
The RBS at Ellon Road, Bridge of Don - MSP Lewis Macdonald with Donna Clark and John McKay. See closure story. Picture by COLIN RENNIE February 23, 2018.

Following the sharp exit of RBS branches from north-east high streets, one former outlet is gaining a new lease of life.

Aberdeen’s former Bridge of Don branch on Ellon Road is being developed into affordable living for people in the area.

Architectural agent, George Hadden, submitted new plans to Aberdeen City Council on behalf of David Ross.

If accepted, it would lead to the former Royal Bank of Scotland building being converted into four residential properties.

Mr Ross has already had an application for three residential properties approved in the building and is now seeking to increase that to four.

Campaigners across the country battled to prevent more than 162 branches nationwide from closing. However, 50 branches shut in Scotland alone leaving hundreds of employees without jobs and thousands of customers without a local branch.

North east MSP Lewis Macdonald who protested at the closure of the Bridge of Don branch earlier last year said: “The area needs flats and homes, so it’s good to see the building being re purposed.”

“But the area is also crying out for infrastructure for the people who live here.”

Customers in Bridge of Don now face a 2.3-mile trip to Union Street, whilst the Ellon Road location has sat disused for over a year.

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