Magna Park extension gets green light despite fierce opposition

Despite opposition, Councillors from Harborough District Council have approved plans for the huge expansion of Magna Park in Leicestershire.

It is hoped, according to developers that the extension will create 9,000 jobs at the two site next to the M1 near Lutterworth. Initially, work will begin at the existing park to the north-west, followed by a new park to the south-east.

Opposition group Magna Park Is Big Enough had been trying to drum up support via their Facebook page. But last night the update read: ““Magna Park is TOO big. I’m really sorry to tell you that the Planning Committee accepted both planning applications – both by a slender majority.  I am gutted that we failed to achieve our goal.”

Developer DB Symmetry will create 279,000 sq ft of warehouses and office space, which it says will create 3,500 jobs.

In addition, IDI Gazeley, owners of Magna Park intend to build 420,000 sq ft of new offices, storage and distribution units, a logistics institute, start-up business units, an exhibition and heritage centre and a HGV driving centre.