Plans to convert Grimsby church into a Greggs are recommended for approval

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 9 Aug 2017

Plans to convert a former car showroom and church into a new Greggs bakery have been recommended for approval.

The national sandwich shop and bakery chain, which would be situated on Gilbey Road, off the A180, will go before North East Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee on Wednesday next week (August 16).

The vacant premises, which previously housed the Victory Church and the former Barkers Citroen dealership, would provide seating for 15 people and would operate between 6am and 8pm.

Council officers have recommended the plans for approval with conditions, stating the development would not significantly impact the local amenity and that its use is considered "appropriate to serve the adjacent industrial area."

The report also makes clear that Greggs' existing units in Grimsby town centre, Cleethorpes town centre and at Laceby Lodge Service Station, would not be lost through the expansion of the business to Gilbey Road.

Proposals for a new development including a carvery pub, drive-thru Costa Coffee and MOT/service centre in Pyewipe Road, Grimsby

"The site is accessible and well connected and would not affect the overall viability of the town centres," the council report adds.

"On balance, the use of the Victory Centre as a Greggs store, would be acceptable given it would serve the adjoining industrial area and would not result in the loss of similar uses from the town centre.

"The proposal would serve the adjacent industrial area and is proposed to operate...between 6am and 8pm.

"These hours would not have an undue impact upon the area or neighbouring amenity given the nature and type of uses which exist nearby. No representations have been received from neighbouring premises."

There had been hope that the development's location next to the A180 could signal the construction of a drive-thu Greggs, after one was introduced in Salford, Greater Manchester, earlier this year.

However, Greggs have since confirmed this will definitely not be the case at the new outlet.

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, Marston's Carvery pub and an MOT centre, at the nearby Pyewipe Road roundabout.

It is understood discussions between the developers are ongoing, however it is still unclear when work will begin.

And on Monday, further details were revealed about Grimsby's £14 million custody suite as Humberside Police submit a planning application for the 36 cell state-of-the-art building in the same area.

The plans for exactly how the facility - hoped to be opened by March 2019 - will look and be run by more than 170 staff members have been submitted to North East Lincolnshire Council for approval.



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