A splendid listed 18 century building in Cricklade, originally constructed as a house, could soon be returned to its former use.

As the Lloyds bank branch in the town's High Street shuts an application has been lodged with planners at Wiltshire Council to turn the building back into a single family home.

A report on the building prepared for the applicants Acton Holdings Limited says: "The withdrawal of the bank presents an opportunity to reinstate the original use of number 112 and thus breathe new life into the property.

"From the listed building point of view the formation of a single dwelling would be the optimum outcome. Care would need to be taken to ensure that new works enhance, rather than continue the decline of architectural character.

" The roof and appearance of the front elevation particularly need to be cherished. At the time of writing there is every hope that the owner and its design team will be successful in drawing up a careful specification.

It concludes: "The proposed change of use will complement the predominantly domestic character found at the lower end of High Street and will not harm the significance of the Conservation Area in which the property is located. Indeed there is every expectation that the visual appearance of the southern leg of the High Street will be maintained and improved.

The application is available to see on Wiltshire Council's website.

Comments must be made to the council by Thursday November 1.