Village Bakery is set to open a new site on Wrexham Industrial Estate.

The firm submitted a planning application to Wrexham Council proposing to extend and alter the former Caparo Wire factory on Ash Road South, near its other premises on the industrial estate.

Bosses the new site will allow the firm to safeguard jobs, as well as creating new permanent living wage jobs in Wrexham.

The application has been approved by council planning officers under delegated powers granted by the authority's planning committee

The Village Bakery started life in 1934, when the Edwards brothers began producing bread and confectionary in a small bakery in Park Road, Coedpoeth.

In 1966 it was taken over by Alan Jones, the current chairman.

The Wrexham site was established in 2011 and started with 14 employees and a turnover of less than £1 million, now employing more than 160 staff with a turnover of £19m.

The proposals, now greenlit, involve alterations and extensions to the existing building.

The building will be improved along with additional car parking, HGV loading and unloading areas and the retention of the existing highway access.

A design and access statement submitted as part of the application reads: “The overall aim of the proposals is to provide functional accommodation which physically relates favourably to its physical surroundings.

“The proposed development will provide employment opportunities for local tradesmen, of which there are many in the Wrexham area, and building works such as this will stimulate wider benefits, not only in terms of generating wealth at the build stage, but also during the lifetime of the building by positively contributing to the local economy by employing local people.

“The proposals will allow Village Bakery to safeguard jobs and create new permanent living wage jobs in the Wrexham area.

“A detailed analysis of the character of the area has been undertaken and this analysis shows that the site is suitable for the proposed development works.

“There is good access through the site to accommodate vehicle movement. A number of parking spaces are provided on site.

“The development is accessible by public transport, further reducing the reliance on motor vehicles.”