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Plans for North West Leicestershire warehouse approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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North West Leicestershire District Council’s planning committee has approved a hybrid application for a distribution warehousing complex on land east of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

The decision was in line with a recommendation from the planning officer. It is subject to a section 106 agreement.

The 68-acre site, which is the former Lounge disposal point for an opencast coal mine, will be developed by Gazely. The firm expects that between 880 and 990 full-time jobs could be created at the warehouse.

Outline permission has been granted for:

  • A Class B8 distribution unit
  • Ancillary offices (B1a)
  • Service yards and HGV parking

Full planning permission has been granted for:

  • Site clearance works (including removal of railway, existing trees/hedgerows and existing hardstanding);
  • Access from (and alterations to) Corkscrew Lane; and
  • Associated utilities infrastructure.

Objections raised against the development included the size and scale of the building, the traffic it would generate and its subsequent impact on air quality.

Nigel Smith, chair of NWLDC’s planning committee, said: “This was a difficult decision for the committee but, on balance, the opportunity to bring new jobs to North West Leicestershire on land already earmarked for employment provision proved decisive.

“The last nine months have been very difficult nationally, but this development offers a real economic boost for our district and new jobs for local people in the coming years of recovery from Covid-19.”

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