Plans to demolish former bank offices and replace them with apartments have been given approval.

A planning application had been submitted to Cornwall Council to pull down the former Lloyds Bank offices in Treyew Road in Truro and build 10 two-bedroom apartments.

Last week the council granted conditional approval under delegated powers – meaning decided by planning officers instead of councillors – due to planning committees not currently sitting due to the coronavirus.

The current building, which sits opposite County Hall, was formerly a residential property but in recent years had been used by Lloyds Bank.

The bank branch in the building closed in 2016 but until the end of last year the bank still used the building for commercial services.

Under the plans, the developer wants to replace the existing building with a three-storey apartment complex.

In a design and access statement the developer said that in discussions with local estate agents and councillors there was a demand for apartments and smaller homes.

While it had considered building town houses and semi-detached properties on the site, it chose apartments due to the feedback received.

One parking space will be provided for each apartment along with an extra five spaces for visitors.

No affordable housing will be provided as part of the development.

Cornwall Council planning officers have granted conditional approval to the plans under powers delegated to them by the council.

One of the conditions placed on the permission is that each home has to have an electric vehicle charging point.

The applicants will also have to pay a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) fee of £50,730.19. This money will be used by the council to pay for projects and improvements.