New bid for big expansion, south of Magna Park

An image of Barwood Developments' masterplan for its expansion, south-east of Magna Park, Lutterworth.
An image of Barwood Developments' masterplan for its expansion, south-east of Magna Park, Lutterworth.

A bid to create a huge new distribution and warehouse site near Magna Park is going on show in Lutterworth today (Friday) and tomorrow just weeks after a separate proposal was put forward.

Barwood Development Ltd wants to build a three million square foot site just south-east of Magna Park and is unveiling detailed plans at a public exhibition today (Friday) and on Saturday.

It comes just week after Magna Park’s owners, IDI Gazeley, outlined its own plans for a 200-hectare expansion and held its own exhibitions in the town hall.

The plans are for different plots of land.

Barwood’s exhibition is at Lutterworth Town Hall from 3pm to 8pm today and 10am to 3pm on Saturday.

Northampton-based Barwood’s plan is called Symmetry Park. Barwood has formed a joint venture company for the plan which will link with other Barwood logistics projects around the country.

The joint venture company – DB Symmetry – is to continue under the name Symmetry Park Lutterworth.

A spokesman for the firm said: “Members of the public have been invited to view emerging proposals for Symmetry Park Lutterworth on land to the south of Magna Park.

“DB Symmetry would like to invite the community to a public exhibition to provide further information on its development proposals for up to three million square feet of distribution and warehouse logistics floorspace together with ancillary lorry parking provision on land to the south of the A4303 Coventry Road, to the south of Magna Park.

“The public exhibition follows an initial, ongoing programme of presentations to Lutterworth Town Council and nearby parish councils over the past four months to discuss and understand immediate concerns relating to the site’s location and proposed development.

“DB Symmetry has also been actively involved in discussions with Harborough Council regarding its plans for the site over the past year.”

Gwyn Stubbings, of IDI Gazeley, said: “We have been listening to local people for many months and using their views to help develop our plans.

“The extension of an already highly successful Magna Park offers the opportunity for economies of scale that will deliver more facilities and benefits for local people including a Logistics Academy, public park, closer links with local businesses and a truck park.”.

Story by Alex Blackwell.

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