Exclusive: Drivers will soon be able to ‘grab and go’ from fourth Greggs branch in Hinckley as planning approved

Vaughan Moore & Mason Moore | 18 August 2022

SAUSAGE ROLL lovers will soon be able to ‘grab and go’ from a fourth Greggs outlet based on the A5, as the council’s planners have approved plans to make it a reality.

Inset (Image: Greggs) / The site of the new Greggs Pod (Image: Google)

The much-loved bakery chain first lodged plans for yet another takeaway outlet with the Borough Council’s planning permissions portal five months ago, back in February.

And, after months of being up in the air, the plans for the Dodwells Service Station’s new ‘Greggs Pod’ were approved almost two weeks ago on Monday, 8 August.

At present, the chain has three locations in the Hinckley area. These are on Castle Street, inside the Britannia Shopping Centre, and on Rainbow Way in Burbage.

It would be erected where an above ground LPG tank and blast wall is currently situated.

According to a planning statement put together by Wyeth Projects Services, the Greggs Pod will “integrate the current site architecture”.

It reads: “The proposed Greggs branded food-to-go building will integrate with the current site architecture and continue this theme of being fit for purpose, creating a clean and welcoming environment which is modern, attractive and uncluttered.”

To accommodate the soon to be built Greggs Pod, the LPG tank and blast wall will be completely removed.

One of the four existing parking spaces will be lost, but it would be rebuilt as a brand new disabled parking space, on the North West boundary of the site.

Greggs are looking to employ a total of five employees at the site on a full-time basis, and three other employees on a part-time basis, which means that eight new jobs will be created for the local area.

It would trade from 7am to 10pm on Monday to Friday, on the weekends, and even the bank holidays.

It is believed that the Greggs Pod would not affect any access into the service station, and the present ‘safe traffic situation’ will be maintained.

The planning statement continues: “Access into the service station is by using the existing entrance and exit from Preston Road.

“These routes in and out of the service station will be as existing and will not be affected by the introducing the proposed Greggs facility.

“It is considered that the proposed works to the service station with the retention of the current traffic flows into and out of the service station maintains the present safe traffic situation.

“There are therefore no material changes to the site’s interface with the public highways.”

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council (HBBC) stated that no comments from third parties or letters had been received. And, nearby residents were made aware of the plans as letters were sent out to those in nearby and neighbouring properties.

The chain are best known for their signature sausage rolls, steak bakes, pizzas, coffees, doughnuts, and cakes.

At the time of publication (Thursday, 18 August), no construction works have yet commenced at the site.

As the Hinckley Free Press exclusively reported last month, Costa Coffee have been given the ‘green light’ to build a new drive-through on the Morrisons car park.

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