THE sweet taste of success could soon be served up in a former High Street bank.

Gavin and Susan Love, of Love Sweets and Ices, plan to open a second sweet shop on Dunbar High Street, with a shop within the former Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) premises.

The national bank moved out of 105 High Street last May, with the premises lying empty ever since.

Now plans have been submitted to East Lothian Council looking for alterations to be carried out and the building to be turned into a shop and cafe with outdoor seating.

Drawings included in the planning application show little in the way of changes inside the building, with internal walls remaining in place.

A seating area would be included at the rear of the building, with benches outside the front in a fenced-off seating area.

A manager’s office would also be created to the front of the building.

Gavin Love, who along with wife Susan runs the business at its existing premises of 134 High Street, said: “Things have been progressing really well.

“Our initial plan was to open in March but we have now decided to add some internal seating for sit-in ice cream and we now intend to open in late April/early May.”

Mr and Mrs Love intend to run both shops and use the additional space to provide a wider range of traditional specialised confectionery products and ice cream.

Drawings included within the planning application suggest a new ‘The Sweetie Bank’ sign could be created outside the business.

The plans were first highlighted at the town’s community council meeting in November last year.

Pippa Swan, the group’s chairwoman, was hopeful the business would prove to be a great success.

She said: “I had no idea there was such a demand for sweeties and scrumptious things but what a wonderful, fun use of a great building. I’m looking forward to it and I am sure it will be a good addition to the street.”

The bank branch closure was one of 62 RBS and 197 NatWest branches to shut following a decision at the end of 2017.

The move was widely criticised by local politicians and members of the public, with North Berwick’s RBS also closing.