IMG_1628UK: Yearsley Logistics is planning a £15m expansion of its storage and distribution facility in Bilsthorpe, Nottinghamshire.

The plans submitted to Newark and Sherwood District Council for its Belle Eau Park site include a replacement cold store unit totalling 5,450m², the construction of a new 19,200m² ambient storage building, along with 1,550m² 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 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 consultants Indigo Planning, said: “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. If planning permission is approved,the site is expected to be operational by 2016.