A busy roundabout service station could be set for a large-scale transformation, with plans for another drive-through and more shops, bringing in up to 100 jobs. 

The Hearts Services in Gillingham, near Beccles, looks set for another expansion under plans lodged with South Norfolk Council (SNC), with bakery chain Greggs expected to move onto the site. 

Greggs already has more than 20 stores in Norfolk and over 1,800 across the UK. The closest is 1.3miles away in Beccles. 

Eastern Daily Press: Stock photo of a Greggs store Stock photo of a Greggs store (Image: Greggs)

The Hearts services have already recently been expanded, with two drive-throughs added last year. 

If approved, alongside the latest Greggs drive-through, a farm shop, electric vehicle charging points and solar panels will be added. 

The services, on the roundabout where the A146 Norwich Road meets the A143 connection to Great Yarmouth, is already occupied by BP, McDonalds, Starbucks and KFC. 

The farm shop is expected to be run by local Bungay business, the Fen Farm Dairy. 

The dairy has been operating for 11 years and was featured in the Guardian’s best UK farm shops in 2021. 

Electric vehicle charging points will be run by BP and will include an M&S food store.  

Eastern Daily Press: The Hearts Services in Gillingham, Norfolk during redevelopment in 2022 (Picture: Mike Page)The Hearts Services in Gillingham, Norfolk during redevelopment in 2022 (Picture: Mike Page) (Image: Mike Page)

A planning statement submitted to SNC said: "The development will represent a significant investment in the local economy and will result in considerable economic and social benefits for the local community. 

“The proposal will diversify the existing commercial offering at Gillingham Services, which has become an important roadside facility for both locals and for pass-by trade.” 

The developer has also touted the environmental benefits of the scheme, saying the solar panels and batteries will mean the site is carbon net zero and see a 21pc biodiversity net gain. 

The farm shop and EV charging hub are planned for the western side of the site, while the drive-thru will go to the east.