A high street bank which was the first to launch in the UK in more than 150 years is planning to open in Solihull.
Metro Bank has lodged new plans with the council to open at the corner of High Street and Mill Lane in a project expected to create 25 new jobs.
The application site currently houses a H Samuel jewellery store and a second vacant unit previously occupied by cosmetics retailer Space NK Apothecary but Metro Bank is planning to demolish the complex and replace it with a new property.
A spokesman for the bank said: "We're delighted to have submitted a planning application for a new Metro Bank store in Solihull.
"This is the very first step in bringing the banking revolution to the people of Solihull and providing them with a fresh and exciting banking experience."
Metro Bank was founded in London in 2010 but so far its network of around 50 outlets has been focused solely on the capital and South East.
The bank was founded by American Vernon Hill, a former fast-food restaurant franchisee who launched a similar challenger bank called Commerce Bancorp, in New Jersey, in the 1970s.
It was later bought out and the brand dissolved.
Metro Bank offers retail and commercial banking services, but has no investment arm, and its trading hours typically mirror those of retailers.
Hours of business are seven days a week, including bank holidays, and until 8pm during the week.
Last year, it lodged plans with Birmingham City Council to open a new branch in a unit on the corner of High Street and New Street currently housing Vodafone but so far no redevelopment has taken place there despite being awarded planning permission in October.