The new proposed factory in Ibstock
Ibstock Brick is the owner and operator of the Ibstock Brickworks and the adjoining quarry off Leicester Road.
The brickworks are located immediately to the north east of Ibstock, to the west of Ellistown and 1.5km to the south of Coalville. The site is known as ‘Ibstock’ however throughout this website we refer to it as the ‘Ibstock site’ or ‘site’ so to distinguish this from reference to the company name.
Access to the site is from Leicester Road which links to the A511 Bardon Road to the east – which in turn joins the M1 at junction 22. Access is also afforded to the M42 following a similar route to the A511 or by turning directly west from the site entrance.
Ibstock Brick are proposing to increase production of bricks at the Ibstock site by building a new and additional brick factory. This new factory would increase brick production from around 90 million bricks per annum to 190 million bricks per annum. The new factory would be located within the Ibstock site on previously developed land. Altogether the brickworks and support services would continue to provide long term employment to many local people.
Along with the existing factories, the new factory at the Ibstock site would continue to support UK house building and replace some 100 million bricks per year which are transported into the UK from continental Europe and further afield. Continuing investment and development of our brick factories is essential to ensure we are well placed to meet house building demands both locally and nationally.
The Ibstock site is uniquely positioned strategically in the UK on good arterial road links. Reserves of clay at the site are within the existing consented areas and this together with adjoining land mean clay will continue to be extracted locally and will not require importation by road. Brick making has taken place on the site as far back as 1830 and at that time was intrinsically linked to the coal mining activities in the area.
Some of the buildings on site today can be traced back to the early 19th Century but have been added to and modified to meet the changing demand for brick production. In 1994 Ibstock invested considerable money in the erection of buildings to house a new kiln and manufacturing equipment and this proposed 2015 development would be another stage in the organic growth of the manufacturing operations over nearly 200 years in the village of Ibstock.
Ibstock Brick has 19 operational factories. The company employs nearly 1400 people in the UK of which over 340 currently work at the Ibstock and nearby Ellistown sites with a possible 50 additional jobs as a result of this new factory proposal. The Ibstock site serves as the head office for Ibstock Group including all service departments.
How can I find out more?
Before submitting a planning application for the new brick factory, Ibstock Brick wants to talk with local residents and interested parties. Ibstock Brick are hosting an exhibition to allow people to find out more about the proposal.
Saturday 25th April 2015 from 2 pm – 7 pm at the Ibstock Head Office off Leicester Road, Ibstock, LE67 6HS
All comments and feedback will be registered and included in a Stakeholder Engagement Report, which will accompany the planning application. This will inform Leicestershire County Council of how we have engaged with local people and stakeholders on the proposal, including the comments you have made.
Following the public engagement and after the planning application is submitted, you will be able to comment directly to Leicestershire County Council who will undertake their own formal consultation as part of the planning process.