Council to reconsider major Magna Park warehouse plan

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Harborough District Council is to re-consider a planning application for a big new warehouse on Magna Park, near Lutterworth.

The surprise move comes more than three months after council planners approved the controversial warehouse at a public meeting attended by 350 people.

The council now says it must look again at the scheme, following legal advice relating to the nearby Bittesby Deserted Medieval Village.

A council spokesman said; “Legal advice is that following a clarification of the law ... the Council should re-consider the decision in the light of the way that the heritage issue was previously addressed.”

Graham Logan, on behalf of the anti-Magna Park warehouse lobby said: “We’re pleased that the council is looking again at the legality of the application. We don’t yet know what this means as regards the original decision.”

The paper understands that the council needs to make sure it gives enough weight to heritage matters before making any decision on the warehouse scheme, to avoid the possibility of a future legal challenge.

Cllr Jo Brodrick, Harborough District Council’s new portfolio holder for planning and regeneration, said: “It is of the utmost importance to the council to make sure all national planning policy is taken into account when considering planning applications.”

IDI Gazeley’s application relates to a warehouse almost one-and-a-half kilometres in circumference, providing up to 1,200 jobs.

The new committee meeting to re-consider the warehouse application will be on Wednesday, July 13 at 6.30pm at Hangar 42, Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground and Aerodrome, Bruntingthorpe.

Two more planning applications to extend Magna Park are still to be considered by the council’s planning committee, at a meeting later in the year.