Clitheroe: The old auction room will be transformed into a bakery

A new family bakery is coming to an east Lancashire town after council approved a planning application earlier this month.

The former Silverwoods auction house, in Lincoln Way, Clitheroe, is set to be turned into a Studio Bakery site.

The auction house featured on BBC One’s antiques program Flog It! before trading ends in 2021.

Family-owned Studio Bakery supplies its artisan products to kiosks, cafes and independent businesses.

A spokesperson said there will also be the option to take home artisan pastries, drinks, sandwiches and more.

Once built, this will be Studio Bakery’s second location with the first currently open at The Cow Shed in Bolton by Bowland.

A Studio Bakery spokesperson said: “We are setting up a take-out bakery so that we can sell our products directly to customers.

“The store will also offer hot and cold drinks and sandwiches, bacon toast, etc.

“We supply stalls mainly to their shops and cafes and a few independents.”

Ribble Valley Council received the “change of use” planning application in March before approving it with conditions at the end of June.

Speaking on behalf of Studio Bakery Ltd, architects Sunderland Peacock and Associates submitted the proposal and said the new venture would bring “new and existing clients” to the area.

They said: “The proposed use of the building is for the production and sale of Studio Bakery food, as well as a storage area.

“The industrial unit will retain the existing layout with the inclusion of a small sales area at the front. There will be a new metal security fence erected, as well as the creation of seven new parking spaces with associated bicycle parking.

“The proposals that form the basis of this application will have created a positive reuse for the existing building which is located in a commercial area of ​​the city.

“The proposed change of use will allow the Studio Bakery business to bring existing and new customers to the area, which will be supported by adequate parking and access arrangements.”

Councilors approved the proposal but only if certain conditions are met.

These include:

  • The proposed development commencing before the expiration of three years from the date of this authorization.
  • Details of metal fencing and gates to be erected must be submitted and agreed in writing by the local planning authority prior to installation.
  • Parking and turning arrangements must be in place prior to occupancy
  • Prior to first occupancy of the development, a minimum of two parking spaces must have an electric vehicle charging point installed

Studio Bakery started five years ago in an outbuilding in Allison Metcalf’s garden.

Today, the family business specializes in creating creative handmade treats with no artificial colors, preservatives or flavors – only good quality natural ingredients that you would use at home.