A frozen food firm have been given the go-ahead to expand its operation, and with it create more than 220 new jobs.
Yearsley Group proposes a ‘super hub’ on its Belle Eau Park at Bilsthorpe, including 26,200sq m of storage, distribution and office space, as well as a 2.2ha solar farm to power the new site.
Planners at Newark and Sherwood District Council recently give the work the green light.
Logistics director for the Yearsley Group, Tim Moran said: “Investing in our infrastructure and people is key to the future of Yearsley Logistics.
“The investment totals more than £15million and includes plans to create up to 220 new jobs for the local community.
“Redevelopment work at Belle Eau Park is already underway and due to be completed by the early part of next year.
“It is through a continued focus on our customers and the unparalleled service provided through our end to end supply chain, that Yearsley Logistics will remain ahead of the competition and continue to grow throughout the UK.”
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 had said that unless they expanded, it could have hindered their ability to fulfil larger contracts, putting the operation in jeopardy.
The solar farm’s 8,620 panels is to build on a previously undeveloped greenfield site, but Yearsley said he benefits ‘outweigh the loss of the land’.
Andrea Swallow, chairman of Bilsthorpe Parish Council said the authority was happy with the development, but were concerned about who would be employed by the group.
She said: “We welcome the jobs if they are going to go to people locally.
“Employers in Bilsthorpe these days only have small workforces so hopefully this will change that.
In the 1960s there were 3,000 people from Bilsthorpe employed by two major employers, but these days there seems to be very few jobs for the local people.
“We spoke about this and the council agreed that if there was the possibility of jobs going to local people, then it would be something we would support.”