A major building society plans to expand its Brentwood town centre branch by taking over a former baby shop.

Nationwide wants to refurbish its existing High Street branch at the same time as taking over the adjoining unit, previously occupied by Piccola.

It says no discussions have been made with neighbours about the proposals as they are not considered to have any adverse impact.

A spokesperson for Nationwide said: “Everywhere we have a branch, we promise we’ll still be there until at least 2026. We are committed to Brentwood.

"Our landlord is planning to convert part of our building which means we will be changing the layout of our branch and extending into the space next door. The branch will get a refurbishment and will be a better space for customers.”

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A statement as part of a planning application to Brentwood Borough Council said: “The building is not listed and the original building fabric will not be altered, removed, or concealed.

“All existing original features will not be affected by the proposed works.

"No discussions have been made with neighbours in relation to the proposals; the works are not considered to have any adverse impact on neighbours.

"The works are not considered to have any adverse impact to the existing appearance and amenity of the application site and that of its neighbours, rather, the proposals will benefit the front elevation.

“Access to the building will remain unchanged. The proposals will not affect public routes. There are no alterations proposed to the landscaping nor is there any opportunity to make improvements.

“All works are intended to involve the minimum intervention and preserve the original look and feel of the existing building within the context of its conservation area."

The application must be decided on by March 14.