Row brewing as solar farm owner hits out at JZ Flowers expansion plans

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 Mar 2019

A solar farm owner fears his business will be damaged if plans to expand a major East Yorkshire flower supplier are approved.

Tony Roach, whose 800-panel solar farm is next door to JZ Flowers in Newport, said sunlight to his site would be blocked at certain times of the day if a new storage facility is built by JZ.

He said electricity generated by his solar farm benefits the community around him, as he lodged an objection to the plans submitted by JZ Flowers’ owner Newport Buildings Ltd.

Mr Roach said: “The solar farm can generate 200KW of power, which not only supplies my own home, but the community as well.

“If that new facility was built at JZ, it would have a hugely negative impact on the farm. The shadow created at certain times of the day would mean I would lose a lot of power generation.

Tony Roach has objected to the expansion plans by JZ Flowers (HullLive)

“I have tried to negotiate with them neighbour-to-neighbour, but they are no longer discussing anything with me, so I have lodged a formal objection through the council.”

JZ Flowers and sister company Intergreen, both based in Newport, produce around 12 million stems of flowers every week, and at peak times employ more than 1,500 people.

Read more: This East Yorkshire flower firm wants to build bigger depot

Newport Buildings Ltd, owner of JZ Flowers, now wants to build a new storage facility to meet growing demand for the company’s products.

A planning statement submitted with the application said: “The proposed facility will provide a much-needed raw materials storage facility to accommodate increased floral bouquet production in the adjacent buildings.”

Tony Roach has lived in Common Lane, North Cave for nearly 50 years. (HullLive)

But Mr Roach has said if plans are given the go-ahead, it would have “significant financial implications” to his business.

He said: “The new building would just be so close to the boundary of my solar farm – I don’t think it is something they have addressed enough.

Read more: Huge solar farm on edge of Hull would save millions of pounds in bills

“The site is worth millions of pounds to me over the next 20 years or so. That is why I have lodged the objection.”

JZ Flowers is the sole flower supplier to all of Aldi’s national supermarkets, while Intergreen deals exclusively with Tesco.

JZ Flowers employs around 1,500 people at peak times of the year (HullLive)

Around 750 people are employed on the site throughout the year, increasing to 1,500 at peak times.

JZ Flowers’ expansion plans have yet to be decided on by East Riding Council.

The business declined the chance to comment on the objection.

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