A FORMER bank building in Ashley Cross could re-open as a micropub if plans are approved by Poole council.

The Barclays site in Bournemouth Road has been vacant for around a year and a half.

A planning application has been submitted by Richard Zammit, owner of 7Bone Burger Co in Bournemouth.

The proposed micropub, called the Crazy Camel, would serve premium craft ales, beers and light snacks.

Agents Paul Ashton Ltd say the micropub “aims to become a focal point for the people of Ashley Cross” in a design and access statement.

“The premises will operate throughout the day but it is expected that evenings will see them bringing clientele to the area to the mutual benefit of The Crazy Camel and other leisure establishments,” the firm said.

“The pub will serve only light snacks and will complement other restaurant and food establishments in the area. Beers offered will be premium craft ales, which provide an alternative to many mainstream pub offerings.”

The planning application does not propose any alterations to the exterior of the building, although a separate application for improvements to the “current inactive and deteriorating shopfront” and signage will follow.

The proposed opening hours for the micropub are 11am-11pm, Monday to Friday, and 11am-12pm, Saturday and Sunday.

“The premises will be the first of Subeerbia’s micropubs aimed at providing a premium environment for customers to enjoy a rotating selection of the finest craft ales and beers, light bar snacks and great conversation,” Paul Ashton said in its statement.

“The brand is backed-up by directors experienced in the development and running of up-and-coming hospitality businesses.

“Food will not be prepared on site. A selection of snacks will be made available utilising pre-prepared food that will either be served cold or heated on site before serving.

“Kitchenette facilities will be small in scale with small scale ambient and refrigerated storage only and no requirement for commercial extract.”