A major bakery chain set to open a drive-through in a South Lakeland town is seeking permission to open until 11pm every day of the week.
Greggs has applied for a change to the opening hours initially suggested for its upcoming Beehive Business Park site in Ulverston. The company wants 5am-11pm opening ‘to ensure the needs of their customers are met’.
A covering letter has been submitted on behalf of applicants Greggs plc and Rawden Investments Ltd by Jackie Ford, of JMS Planning & Development, offering further justification for the proposed changes. Ms Ford said ‘increased flexibility’ was being sought by Greggs ‘to meet the needs of motorists and those working and living within the vicinity of the site’.
She said it was not felt the proposal would generate more traffic ‘as people using the facility during the proposed extended hours will be on the highway network already’. “The previous opening hours were not considered to have any adverse impact on the dwellings beyond the site, noting that these are some distance away from the site and, therefore, the small extension of hours should not be considered any more impactful,” she said.
“Additionally, the evening hours are not dissimilar to the opening hours of the nearby Aldi store.”
The operating times initially put forward for the site were 6.30am to 8pm on weekdays and Saturdays, and 8am to 6pm on Sundays and bank holidays. “Given the distance of the site from proposed residential properties, its intrinsic relationship with the existing Beehive Business Park and operations upon it, it is not considered that there will be any amenity issues arising from the proposal,” said Ms Ford.
In a letter to South Lakeland District Council, Alan Shepherd, regional director at National Highways, said the organisation offered no objections to the proposed change in opening hours. It is expected the drive-through, which is to include inside and outside seating areas and 16 parking spaces, will open later this year.
A planning statement submitted in support of the initial application, which was approved in February, said it was expected the drive-through would create 20 jobs – two full-time and 18 part-time.