Greggs has submitted a planning application to Wiltshire Council for a new bakery at Solstice Park, Amesbury, as it continues with its expansion plans in the south.

A spokesperson for Greggs said the firm had found it difficult to open shops in the south west, due to distribution issues, and explained this new site would "unlock shop potential" in the region. The firm said that, subject to planning permission, the new site would employ around 300 staff, but it does not yet have an opening date.

Greggs has also received planning permission for its new cake and confectionery bakery in Penrith, due to open in summer 2011. And its replacement bakery construction in Newcastle upon Tyne is progressing well, it said.

The chain’s total sales were up 2.6% for the 39 weeks to 2 October 2010. Following strong breakfast sales, Greggs said it will be extending its breakfast range with the addition of croissants, pains au chocolat and porridge.