Harleston could get its first wine bar, if planning permission is given.
A national chain wants to take over the former HSBC bank, Tower House in Market Place.
It could have the new wine bar open by spring of next year.
The building was formerly used by the HSBC bank, which despite a protest petition, closed last year.
It has now been acquired by Robert Buck as an investment, with the national chain of wine bars, which cannot yet be named, wanting to run it.
Mr Buck’s report to South Norfolk Council planners says that the “drinking place” would employ five people full-time and seven part-time - the equivalent of five full-time jobs.
Before it was closed the HSBC building had been used as a bank for some 95 years.
Mr Buck’s report states that it has been observed that these premises, as a result of the adjoining Italianate style clock tower, visually form an important part of the town centre.
It adds that therefore the application consists of no changes to the external appearance of the premises to ensure there is no significant impact visually on the character and appearance of the street scene within the conservation area.
The proposed change of use is in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework relating to building a strong competitive economy and the vitality and viability of town centres, according to the application.
In other words, it would put a vacant bank building back into some use for the local economy in Harleston.
Mr Buck said that the national wine bar chain obviously felt that there was scope for a dedicated wine bar in Harleston, which did not currently have one. Planning permission for a change of use could be given next month and the building refurbished to open in Spring.