Plans to modernise Fletchers’ Claywheels Lane bakery have been approved by Sheffield City Council.

However, the plans still hinge on the approval of another planning application. Fletchers Group of Bakeries hopes to sell part of its site in Wadsley Bridge, which is currently being used as a carpark, to Sainsbury’s.

This would give the business the injection of cash it needs to push ahead with its improvement plans. Sainsbury’s and Fletchers jointly submitted a planning application for a new Sainsbury’s store, adjacent to the bakery, which is due to be determined at the end of June.

MD Stephen Holding said if the planning application for a new Sainsbury’s is turned down, the consented proposals for the bakery would, regretfully, come to nothing.

“This investment in our business would enable us to compete more strongly in an increasingly demanding market place. It would also mean that we can protect the jobs of the 350 people who currently work at Claywheels Lane,” he added.

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