Bilsthorpe frozen food firm look to create solar farm and 226 new jobs

Yearsley Logistics, Belle Eau Park, Bilsthorpe.
Yearsley Logistics, Belle Eau Park, Bilsthorpe.

More than 226 jobs could be created in Bilsthorpe if plans for a £15m extension to a frozen-food warehouse operation are given the green light.

Yearsley Group are proposing a major development of their site on Belle Eau Park (BEP), which would see 26,200sq m of storage, distribution and office space built, as well as a 2.2ha solar farm to power the new site.

The Yearsley Group acquired Belle Eau Park in 2008 and has operated the site as a National Distribution Centre for Brakes, a leading supplier to the catering industry.

The site already employs 220 people, and the company says that unless they expand, it could hinder their ability to fulfil larger contracts, putting the operation in jeopardy.

A spokesman for the firm said: “The site, in its current form, does not have the capacity to introduce the new and improved operations required and as such, must expand in order for the significant benefits to be realised.

“If they can’t be accommodated on site, there is a real chance that the new contract could not be realised and the benefits would fall away.”

“There is a compelling business case for the redevelopment and expansion of BEP. The proposed development represents a significant investment in the site and in doing so, will safeguard the existing 220 jobs whilst creating approximately 170 new jobs with Yearsley’s and 56 jobs with Brakes which are suited for, and will be directed to, the local workforce.”

The huge development would be completed in stages if given the nod by planners at Newark & Sherwood Council.

The company insists the new facility must be operational by January 2016 and as such construction must begin in January next year.

However, the firm’s plan for the solar farm’s 8,620 panels is to build on a previously undeveloped greenfield site, land that planners are often reluctant to release.

But Yearsley says the benefits ‘outweigh the loss of the land’.

Chairman for Bilsthorpe Parish Council, Coun Andrea Swallow did not want to comment on the application until it is discussed at their monthly meeting on 3rd November.