Villagers under pressure from developments near Lutterworth

Concern...Cotesbach residents Graham Logan, Julie Rimmington, Dr Stuart Rimmington and Ed Hunt at the scene of the proposed extension to Magna Park. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Concern...Cotesbach residents Graham Logan, Julie Rimmington, Dr Stuart Rimmington and Ed Hunt at the scene of the proposed extension to Magna Park. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Under-pressure residents in Cotesbach could be forgiven for feeling put-upon in recent months.

They are facing five planning applications on several different fronts.

Residents are feeling “tired, fed-up, worried and exhausted” about the number of plans for their village, said Edmund Hunt, the chairman of Cotesbach Action Group.

Magna Park’s owners IDI Gazeley want to expand its distribution centre to the north-west by a further 200 hectares.

Its 100,000 square metres DHL warehouse would create 1,200 new jobs and the overall phase could net 6,000 new jobs, IDI Gazeley says.

Meanwhile, Barwood Developments is proposing a different expansion to the south of Magna Park for 3,000,000 square feet. It calls the 217-acre plan Symmetry Park, Lutterworth.

Residents’ concerns over all these plans revolve around increased traffic, light pollution, and the loss of rural views and open countryside.

Car movements from warehouse staff and more lorries are chief among concerns.

“Our roads are already busy and will not be able to cope with this increase. There are already pinch-points in the village,” said Mr Hunt.

“The inevitable increase in HGVs will also bring noise and vibration to nearby homes,” added Mr Hunt.

The four-turbine “Swift” wind farm plan between Cotesbach and Churchover to the west of the A5 is being proposed by construction firm Sir Robert McAlpine and Renewable Energy Systems.

“We appreciate each application is based on its own merits but taken as a whole, all these plans are too much for one village,” said Mr Hunt.

The 67m-high turbine plan for Main Street in the village is at Manor Farm. Planning documents state it could create energy to power 300 homes a year.

The deadline for comments about the Orchard Farm plan is tomorrow (Friday) while people have until next Thursday, July 16, to comment on Symmetry Park.

Those wanting to join the VAAMPD walk on Sunday around the proposed DHL site should meet outside Ullesthorpe Stores in Main Street at 11.30am.

For more about Cotesbach Action Group, email cotesbach

actiongroup@gmail.com.