Controversial plans to expand Magna Park industrial complex have been rejected at the second time of asking – by just two votes.
Devolopers IDI Gazeley, which owns the existing 500 acre industrial complex near Lutterworth, has been told it cannot expand it to the north west.
Last night, members of Harborough District Council voted to refuse the scheme at Hangar 42.
The decision, made by 12 votes to ten, comes following a determined campaign of opposition conducted by residents over the past three years.
Gazeley wanted to build 420,000 square metres of new offices, storage and distribution units, a logistics institute of technology, start-up business units, an exhibition and heritage centre, innovation centre and an HGV driver training centre.
It also wanted to create a new country park.
The scheme was approved in November by the council’s planning committee that permission was declared void after a group of councillors opposed to the plan exercised their right to call in the decision
Chairman Councillor Grahame Spendlove-Mason chairs the meeting on Magna Park at Hangar 42 (Image: Andrew Carpenter)
That meant the application was re-run last night by the full council but with a different result.
The Magna Park is Big Enough campaign group opposed the plan because of concerns, including the loss of countryside, potential harm to the deserted medieval village on the farmland near Bitteswell and the impact on villages of commuters using village roads as rat runs.
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There were also concerns about light and traffic pollution.
Campaigners say that the benefits from the proposed development do not outweigh the harm that will arise from the scheme.
Gazely, the developer, has the right to appeal to planning inspectors against the decision.
Protesters during the Magna Park meeting at Hangar 42 (Image: Andrew Carpenter)
Developer db Symmetry has already been granted permission to create Symmetry Park on an expanse of farm land to the south east of Magna Park.
The firm plans 279,000 square metres of storage warehouses and offices, which it says could create 3,500 jobs.
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