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Hambleton Bakery's plans to build a new bakery at the Ram Jam Inn off the A1 near Stretton in Rutland

Hambleton Bakery’s plans to expand by building a new production facility, will be discussed by councillors next week.

Tim Hart, owner of the Exton-based company, wants to build the facility at the Ram Jam Inn site off the A1 near Stretton.

The proposals will be discussed by Rutland County Council’s planning and licensing committee meeting on Tuesday, January 14, starting at 6pm in the council chamber in Oakham.

Tim Hart and Julian Carter
Tim Hart and Julian Carter

By building the new facility at the Ram Jam, it would allow Hambleton Bakery to expand its production capacity and planning officers have recommended councillors approve the application.

Although on a greenfield site, planners have said the bakery must be sustainable by ‘minimising the impact on climate change’, ‘meet high environmental standards’ and ‘make use of previously developed land before the greenfield’.

The application states the proposal is ‘for purely commercial baking’ which would allow for changes to be made at their existing Exton site, which cannot be expanded.

Initially, 34 staff would transfer from Exton to the Ram Jam site and it is hoped that would increase to 40 within the first year and 45 over three to five years.

If approved the Exton site will continue to make cakes, with the Ram Jam site making artisan bread.

Mr Hart has previously said that the space freed up at Exton would be used for an on-site cafe.

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