Expansion plans for Magna Park near Lutterworth to go on show

Plans for a major expansion of Magna Park near Lutterworth will go on display in the town next week.
Plans for a major expansion of Magna Park near Lutterworth will go on display in the town next week.

Plans for a major expansion of Magna Park near Lutterworth will go on display in the town next week.

The exhibition will give the public a chance to see and comment on the plans, which propose a 200-hectare expansion of the huge distribution centre.

The expansion is equivalent to an area of land measuring a mile by three-quarters -of-a-mile.

Magna Park’s owners IDI Gazeley say the proposed expansion could create up to 6,000 new jobs.

The additional jobs would take the total number of positions at Magna Park to 15,000 – making its working population 50 per cent bigger than Lutterworth itself.

The “draft final proposals” for the expansion will be on display at Lutterworth Town Hall, in High Street, from 2pm to 8pm next Friday, January 16, and from 10am to 3pm next Saturday, January 17.

The proposals include a logistics academy for up to 800 14 to 19-year-olds.

There are also plans to create a new community park, centred on the now-buried medieval village of Bittesby, which is a scheduled ancient monument site.

Gwyn Stubbings, planning manager of Magna Park’s developers IDI Gazeley, has said: “It’s been a long time since there’s been any expansion at Magna Park.”

He said the plan, which would extend Magna Park to the north, is driven by operational and customer need.

Lutterworth town councillor Cllr Tony Hirons, who is also the deputy town mayor, said he was not daunted by Magna Park’s proposed expansion.

He said: “Magna Park overall has been a benefit to Lutterworth so far. And we have the lowest unemployment in Leicestershire.”

But he said there were at least two issues that needed addressing.

He said he was worried about an increase in lorries coming through the town centre, and worried about parking issues from vehicles waiting off-site prior to their time slot for entering the distribution centres.