Housing plans on Bilsthorpe factory site are approved

Noble Foods, Bilsthorpe.
Noble Foods, Bilsthorpe.

A village housing development on the site of an poultry factory has been given the green light by planners.

More than 50 homes will now be built on the site of Noble Foods Ltd on Kirklington Road, Bilsthorpe.

The factory, which has been open for more than 40 years and is a manufacturer of egg products, is planning to relocate its operations to their site in Walesby.

The application to build the homes is the latest phase to transform the land, which currently consists of grassland with four poultry 
houses .

An application for 77 homes and a nursing home has already been approved on one section of the site.

The latest application will see a blend of two,three and four-bedroom homes, of them, 30 per cent are earmarked as affordable housing.

An area of land has already been earmarked for recreation, including a pond.

A similar application was refused in June 2011 because it was outside the ‘village envelope’, but the applicant - Noble Food Ltd - said the circumstances towards house building had changed since 2011.

Andrea Swallow, chairman for Bilsthorpe Parish Council said although the council did not object to the latest proposals, there were concerns.

“It’s been going on for so long,” she said.

“Most people are concerned about the drains, they are at full stretch already and it’s been years since they were improved.

“There’s no real infrastructure left in the village now- there used to be 12 shops here, now there are four. It’s something we’ve always said, that there isn’t the facilities.”