Major step forward for Jaguar Land Rover distribution centre as plans recommended for approval

Plans from IM Properties for a new global aftermarket parts distribution centre for Jaguar Land Rover have been recommended for approval by North West Leicestershire District Council.

Commenting on the news, CBI Regional Director for the East Midlands Richard Blackmore said: “This investment by Jaguar Land Rover is a vote of confidence in the UK and the East Midlands in particular. It also underlines the continued success of our automotive industry. Today’s news moves us a massive step forward to delivering this project. The UK’s automotive industry plays vital role in the regional economy. This increased investment is helping to secure local high-skilled jobs.”

The 2.94 million sq ft campus at junction 11, M42, would supply circa. 80 markets worldwide and meet Jaguar Land Rover’s long term business needs for parts distribution throughout the UK and Western Hemisphere. The proposal includes five units.

If approved, it has been said that the Jaguar Land Rover distribution campus will sit within a wider development which seeks to help address the quantitative and qualitative industrial and logistics need of the M42 corridor.

IMP acquired the land at Appleby Magna in 2016 and identified the opportunity to bring forward the 238-acre site as part of its long-term strategy for delivering large scale employment parks.

The application is to be considered by NWLDC Planning Committee on September 3.

The development of the site of would start Q2, 2020, with the first unit completing May 2021. Jaguar Land Rover would begin transferring operations to the new facility in early 2022 with full completion by early 2023.

A council document released ahead of a decision on the scheme reads: “Whilst the site lies outside Limits to Development as defined in the adopted North West Leicestershire Local Plan, there is strong evidence to demonstrate that there is an immediate need or demand for the proposed development and, as such, the in- principle element of Policy Ec2 is capable of being met, and the principle of the development is therefore considered acceptable in land use terms.

“Whilst concerns have been raised by objectors regarding a range of issues, the application is accompanied by an Environmental Statement which indicates that, subject to appropriate mitigation, these issues or other adverse environmental impacts arising from the proposed development would not indicate a conflict with the development plan as a whole, nor that planning permission ought to be refused.”