A grade II listed building which used to house an estate agents could potentially be transformed into a family-run Italian bakery.
The building, on Yarm High Street, was previously occupied by Carver’s estate agents, but is currently vacant.
But there are now hopes that the three-storey building can be turned into a bakery that would serve Sicilian and Neapolitan baked goods.
A certificate of lawfulness application was lodged with Stockton Council on January 5 to determine whether the former business premises could be changed to a bakery.
If accepted, a brand new artisan bakery would be the newest addition to Yarm, serving hot and cold food and pizza slices.
A cover letter accompanying the application says: “The proposed Italian bakery would be a family run business and will offer a range of traditional ‘grab and go’ baked products to be consumed off the premises at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“The items on sale would include food such as Sicilian cannoli, Neapolitan baba, Italian pastries, Venetian hot chocolate, as well as individual Pizza slices.
“The use would clearly offer a high-quality food product and it is anticipated that opening hours would be generally restricted to day time only, covering breakfast, lunch and early evening, between the approximate hours of 9am to 6pm, or similar.
“The hot food items will generally be prepared and pre-baked on the premises but would not be cooked to order in a similar manner to a restaurant / café or hot food takeaway use.
“The food items would typically already be cooked and on display behind a counter, where customers would simply arrive at the bakery, view and select food products on display (reheated if required) and will pay at the cashier before consuming any products off the premises.”
The letter adds: “The proposed use would therefore be very similar in nature and operation to high street bakeries such as Greggs, Cooplands, Thomas the Baker or other independent bakeries where some hot products are baked and reheated on the premises.”
The application continues by saying that although the model would be similar to chains such as Greggs, the bakery would offer “a different type cuisine, comprising Italian artisan food goods”.
Planning application is still being processed by the council’s planning committee.