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Hambleton Bakery's application to build a new bakery at the Ram Jam Inn off the A1 in Stretton, Rutland, is given the green light by councillors

A bakers will be able to go-ahead with its expansion plans after councillors gave the business the green light to open a new bakery.

Hambleton Bakery can now build it new facility at the Ram Jam Inn, off the A1 near Stretton after Rutland County Council’s planning and licensing committee unanimously backed the plans on Tuesday evening.

Artisan bread will be baked at the Ram Jam while the firm’s current Exton base is going to be used to produce cakes and will also feature a new café to accompany the existing shop.

Julian Carter from Hambleton Bakery(26808823)
Julian Carter from Hambleton Bakery(26808823)

In total, the project will cost more than £1.5 million.

Speaking after the meeting, head baker and part owner of Hambleton Bakery, Julian Carter, said: “I’m absolutely delighted because you never know if they are going to approve it or not.

“This will allow us to expand and then transport our bread up and down the A1 without having to drive through all the villages.

“We are looking at a turnover of £3 million this year.

“There are six million items being made in a building not much bigger than a house, so we need to expand.

“We have grown in 11 years from just me and another person to 98 staff and 58 of those are in Rutland.

“Bread-making is very labour intensive and that’s why we have a 24-hour, seven daysa week operation.”

He added it was hoped work would begin on the bakery at the Ram Jam in September, with it opening towards the end of this year or the beginning of 2021.

During the meeting, Coun Ian Razell (Con-Oakham South)asked Julian about how many jobs would be created by the expansion plans.

Julian said: “We hope to have about 50 staff and that would be on both sites.

“We are going to open a café and are looking to take on a lot more part-time staff.”

He added the business is looking to ‘double’ in size over the next five years.

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