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Greggs plan to open new store at site of former car showroom and church in Grimsby

PLANS to turn a former car showroom and church into a new Greggs bakery have been revealed.

Greggs plan to open new store at site of former car showroom and church in Grimsby

The popular sandwich shop and bakery, which would be situated on Gilbey Road, off the A180, will go before North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee over the coming months.

The vacant premises previously housed the Victory Church and the former Barkers Citroen dealership.

The development signals further regeneration of the gateway to Grimsby and comes just months after the council's planning committee approved proposals to build another development, consisting of a drive-thru Costa, Martson's Carvery pub and an MOT centre, at the nearby Pyewipe Road roundabout. An application submitted in support of the new plans, which seek to change the use of the premises to a sandwich/bakery with customer seating, states the development would be beneficial for the surrounding area and would create local jobs.

"The development is within a built up area of Grimsby and will have a positive impact on the vitality and viability of the surrounding area by bringing a vacant unit back into use," the application statement reads.

"The proposal would not cause unacceptable harm to the character of the area, the environment or the amenities of neighbouring land uses due to its size, scale, layout, appearance, operation or traffic generation."

The application also states that development would not cause problems with noise as the bakery would only be open between 6am and 8pm during throughout the week.

Greggs recently opened their first ever drive-thru bakery in Manchester– and lovers of sausage rolls and pasties in Grimsby will hope the new town eaterie will feature one.

The unit on Gilbey Road will be a single storey steel framed construction having mixed brick/blockwork walls with insulated flat panel cladding to the external elevations and to the pitched roof above.

The application statement adds: "It is considered the scheme satisfies both national and local policy and represents a suitable use for an existing vacant unit.

"The proposal addresses all the relevant material considerations and in this respect, we would invite the local authority to assess the application and offer its support for the proposal."

In October 2008, the Barkers Citroen garage closed its doors, signalling the loss of 30 jobs. The dealership was part of the Yorkshire-wide Barkers Motor Group.

Efforts were since made to utilise the space after the units were acquired by a private property investor, who had hoped to sub-divide the 18,000 sq ft property into smaller showroom/trade counter and workshop units.

The premises were part-let by the Victory Church.

A spokesperson for Greggs said more details about the site would emerge over the coming days.

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