Published: Wed 4 September, 2019
Plans for a new 2.94 million sq ft distribution site near to junction 11 of the M42 have been approved by North West Leicestershire District Council’s Planning Committee.
The land near to Appleby Magna now has permission for five new units which will create new jobs and boost the local economy.
The landowner IM Properties recently revealed their intention to lease the site to Jaguar Land Rover for use as a ‘logistics campus’.
Permission was granted at a well-attended planning committee meeting on Tuesday 3 September, which heard passionate speaking and debating both for and against the application.
Statutory consultees such as Highways England, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire County Council’s highways departments and the Environment Agency had raised no objections to the plan.
Councillor Nigel Smith, Chair of North West Leicestershire District Council’s Planning Committee, said: “This has been an emotive and challenging planning application which has sparked lots of passion and interest in the community.
“As a committee we must assess all applications against material planning considerations, planning legislation and guidance and our own Local Plan.
“This development fits within these considerations and promises to be a significant boost for the local economy and levels of employment.
“Our planning officers will now continue to work with the developers and the local community as this plan moves forward to the construction phase.”
The plans can be viewed in full by searching 18/01443/FULM on our planning portal.