PLANS to turn a former bank in Kelty into a restaurant have been approved by Fife Council.

Savas Kilic has received permission for a change of use for the old single-storey Royal Bank of Scotland branch at 12 Main Street.

There will be a seating area, kitchen, manager’s room and toilets and the application includes the removal of the cash machine, installation of an extraction fan and a replacement window.

The RBS branch in the village closed in 2015 and the building was later put up for auction.

A Fife Council report said the proposal to re-use an empty building was “acceptable” and added: “Furthermore, it is considered that the proposed change of use would likely bring additional footfall into the local shopping centre and would, therefore, add to the vitality and viability of the centre.”

It also said a neighbour had raised an issue about smell and noise which had been raised with the council's public and environmental protection team.

The report said: “The team have no objection regarding the proposal as it is unlikely that noise from the development will have an impact on residential amenity.”

They were also “satisfied that cooking odours can be controlled”.

The plans are to open the restaurant between 7am and 11pm, Monday to Sunday.