Councillors rescind Leicestershire industrial park expansion approval

A Leicestershire council's decision to approve a controversial 239-hectare extension to a business park has been reversed after a group of councillors 'called in' the application.

Magna Park: expansion approval rescinded
Magna Park: expansion approval rescinded

Harborough District Council's planning committee last week gave the green light to two outline planning applications for agricultural land next to the 200-hectare Magna Park business and logistics park near Lutterworth.

The first application, by DB Symmetry, proposed up to 279,000 square metres of storage and distribution buildings with offices plus a country park on an 89-hectare site.

IDI Gazeley’s separate 239-hectare proposal included up to 420,000 square metres of storage and distribution buildings, offices, a 3,700 square metre logistics institute and a country park.

A planning report, which recommended approval for both schemes, said 575 objections were received from members of the public to the IDI Gazeley application and 784 objections to the DB Symmetry scheme. Objections included concerns over impacts on traffic, residential amenity, heritage, air quality, noise and light pollution.

Both applications were approved by the planning committee. But now the council has issued a statement saying that the IDI Gazeley approval "has been called in by a group of district councillors, in line with the council’s constitution".

"This means the decision by the planning committee to approve that application no longer stands", the statement said. The DB Symmetry approval still stands, it added.

The statement said that the IDI Gazeley application will now be considered again at a full council meeting on 11 December.

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