Yearsley Logistics, advised by Indigo Planning, has submitted plans for a new storage and distribution facility and solar farm at Belle Eau Park in Bilsthorpe, Notts.
Yearsley Logistics is the UK’s largest frozen food logistics service provider, operating from 13 locations across the UK. The development is expected to create more than 200 new jobs.
Redeveloping and expanding its current facility at the site, the plans include a replacement cold store unit totalling 58,664 sq ft in size and the construction of a new ambient storage building totalling 206,669 sq ft along with 16,684 sq ft of ancillary office space. On an adjacent site, the company plans a 5.4-acre solar farm.
The new facilities will allow for a further 2,000 frozen stock keeping units (SKUs) and an increase in storage capacity by a further 30,000 pallets. The solar farm will provide a proportion of the substantial energy requirements needed by the site.
Yearsley group managing director, Harry Yearsley, said: “Whilst our Belle Eau Park site has always been predominantly foodservice, this expansion will provide our first Super-Hub dedicated to this sector. The location is ideal for servicing the whole of the UK and we are very keen to invest to improve our facilities, expand our foodservice offering and increase employment in the area.”
Nick Fillingham, associate director at Indigo Planning, said: “These plans would deliver a £15m development that will create more than 200 new local jobs, in addition to the 220 people Yearsley Logistics already employs at the site.
"The industrial and renewable energy elements of the scheme need to meet different policy tests, but both are intrinsically linked and provide significant economic and environmental benefits that weigh in favour of approval.”
A decision is expected by Newark and Sherwood District Council later this year, with construction anticipated to commence in January 2015, and the site expected to be operational by 2016 if planning permission is granted.