Magna Park phase one to generate up to 1,000 jobs

An artist's impression of how the new massive DHL warehouse could look at an expanded Magna Park
An artist's impression of how the new massive DHL warehouse could look at an expanded Magna Park

A new one million square foot warehouse for a logistics company at Magna Park will alone create about 1,000 jobs.

The owners of the massive distribution park near Lutterworth revealed the news exclusively to this Mail this week. It is part of the huge 200-hectare expansions plans at the site which could create up to 6,000 jobs in total.

As a first step in its plan, Magna Park’s owners IDI Gazeley will be putting forward a proposal for a new one million sq ft warehouse to meet demand from an existing customer – logistics firm DHL – who want to expand and wish to remain at Magna Park.

IDI Gazeley says this alone could create up to 1,000 jobs.

A spokesman for DHL told the Mail this week: “As the world’s leading logistics provider, DHL is already a major occupier at Magna Park.

“By increasing our presence at the site, situated at the heart of the golden triangle, we aim to reduce our carbon footprint and that of our customers, while benefiting from the park’s other advantages.

“If successful, the new development could create significant employment locally.”

IDI Gazeley says it has received several other requests from existing customers for expansion space adjacent to their current facilities.

Plans for the overall expansion are going on display in town tomorrow (Friday) and on Saturday.

The exhibition will give the public a chance to see and comment on the plans.

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

Gwyn Stubbings, planning director at IDI Gazeley, said: “We were really pleased that so many people came along to view our proposals in November and we’re really keen for as many people as possible to come along and see our emerging proposals.

“The purpose of this second exhibition is to let everyone know how we’ve taken their comments on board to help shape our plans.

“As the largest employment centre in the district, the extension of Magna Park offers a huge opportunity to create jobs and support the local economy.

“We believe it’s really important to listen to the community so we can produce a scheme that has real benefits to local people.”