BOSSES behind a bakery chain - set to open its first Cumbria drive-thru this year - have revealed when the site will be opening its doors.

Sausage roll lovers will soon be able to pick up their favourite treats from the comfort of their car after plans for a Gregg's drive-thru in Ulverston were approved last month.

Plans submitted by Greggs to South Lakeland District Council to convert an empty plot at the Beehive Business Park in Ulverston were given the green light in February.

The build will include a drive-thru lane and parking for 16 cars, including three disabled spaces.

Seating areas would also be provided inside and out, along with toilets.

The plans state the drive-thru Greggs will be open from 6.30am until 8pm from Monday to Saturday, and 8am until 6pm on Sunday and Bank Holidays.

A planning statement submitted in July as part of the application said: "This proposal results in no loss of employment space as the site has not yet been developed and so makes zero contribution to the economy at the current time.

"Furthermore, it is expected that Greggs will provide 20 jobs (two full-time and 18 part-time), making a significant contribution to the economy, in addition supporting the uses in the wider area particularly the Blue Light Hub."

Ulverston Town Council recommended the plans for refusal, raising concern over the number of vehicles entering the site and subsequent parking issues which may arise.

Three letters of objection were received by neighbouring occupiers about the plans, regarding traffic issues on the A590, the build's 'detrimental impact' on local food businesses, the noise of birds on the buildings roofs, problems associated with discarded food and rubbish and air pollution.

Regardless, plans were approved for the drive-thru which is expected to open ‘later this year’, according to bosses.

A spokesman for Greggs said: “Greggs is due to open a new drive-thru in Ulverston later this year.

“While we are unable to share any details at the moment, we will be sure to share further information in the coming months.”

Greggs, which specialises in savoury products such as bakes, sausage rolls and sandwiches, and sweet items including doughnuts and vanilla slices, currently has one central location in Ulverston, with the next nearest site in Dalton.