Castle Donington industrial development refused by planning committee

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A planning application for a new 8.75 hectare employment development in Castle Donington has been refused by planners after concerns over its location.

North West Leicestershire District Council’s planning committee heard the proposal for a mix of industrial, storage and distribution premises on the eastern edge of the town, not far from Carnival Way.

The 8.75 hectare site included proposals for several buildings that had a total floor space of 23,838 sq metres.

The application drew objections from both Castle Donington and Lockington cum Hemington parish councils. A further 79 third party objections were also received, mainly from members of the public. One of the major issues raised was the loss of land that currently separates Castle Donington from Lockington and Hemington.

The planned location also sits outside the limits of development as defined in North West Leicestershire’s Local Plan.

The application was unanimously refused by the committee.

Councillor Nigel Smith, Chair of Planning Committee at NWLDC, said: “While we want to encourage new employment and economic investment in North West Leicestershire, developments of this nature must be in the right place.

“This development is outside the limits of development in the Local Plan that we worked incredibly hard over a number of years to implement. We were also concerned about the intrusion on the land that separates Castle Donington from Lockington and Hemington.

“On balance we feel it was appropriate to refuse the application on these grounds.”