Published: Thursday, 4th February 2016
Harborough District Council planning committee has agreed detailed plans for a 100,844 square metre storage and distribution centre with offices on land adjoining and linked to the Magna Park complex.
The application is now subject to a potential call in by the Secretary of State. The scheme, submitted by IDI Gazeley Ltd, relates to land at Mere Lane, Bittesby. The project also involves the upgrading of the A5 to dual carriageway, creation of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and associated infrastructure and landscaping works
The existing Magna Park facility is a 202-hectare warehousing and logistic centre located near Lutterworth. It was constructed on the site of a former airfield, RAF Bitteswell.
It is considered to be a pioneer of large distribution centres in the UK and is located in an area of land bounded by the M1, M6 and M69 motorways which is known as the ‘Golden Triangle’ because of its logistically favourable location.
Two further applications for the same site have also been submitted which would increase the overall size of the Magna Park by 550,000 square metres if approved.