Plans to remove the ATM from Felixstowe's former NatWest branch have been approved amid a move to revamp the site into a retail shop.

East Suffolk Council has given the green light for the cash machine at the Hamilton Road building to be taken out.

A planning proposal submitted by Robert Allerton on behalf of the applicant said the property was "now subject to alternate uses" and the section of the building where the ATM was located has been covered up.

Felixstowe Town Council gave its approval for the work to go ahead.

The branch closed on September 27, 2017 as NatWest blamed a sharp reduction in the number of transactions taking place.

Earlier this year, this newspaper revealed chartered surveyors for the site were in the process of marketing the property to give it a fresh lease of life.

Graham Mackintosh, from Farris Darrah, previously said: "The ground floor is being offered to a retailer and the upper part will be developed as residential flats.

"Planning permission has been approved for the flats."