Pro­tes­tors set for Magna Park planning meet­ing

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - KAREN HAM­BRIDGE karen.ham­bridge@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

pre­vi­ously no size was stip­u­lated.

While the district coun­cil main­tain the num­ber is merely a pro­posal and peo­ple will be able to have their say, pro­tes­tors point out the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the plan ends on Novem­ber 17, just four work­ing days be­fore the planning com­mit­tee meet­ing.

A spokesman from lobby group Magna Park is Big Enough said: “This means that the views of the pub­lic on the lo­cal plan can­not be taken into ac­count when it con­sid­ers the two planning ap­pli­ca­tions on the 23rd. Thus coun­cil­lors can as­sume that they can agree up to 700,000 sq m ad­di­tional ware­hous­ing at Magna Park as per the lo­cal plan.”

The cam­paign­ers want the coun­cil to make a judge­ment on the ap­pli­ca­tions af­ter the lo­cal plan has been considered by a Gov­ern­ment in­spec­tor, to al­low the pub­lic’s views to bear weight.

The pro­test­ers are also sus­pi­cious about the aban­don­ment of a le­gal chal­lenge by one de­vel­oper.

Last year db Sym­me­try launched a ju­di­cial re­view into the ap­proval of IDI Gaze­ley’s planning ap­pli­ca­tion. But this was dropped in the sum­mer and the rea­sons why have not been made pub­lic.

The spokesman added: “In the ab­sence of ev­i­dence to the con­trary it would seem that the only con­clu­sion that can be drawn from this is that the ju­di­cial re­view was with­drawn on the con­di­tion that the coun­cil would favourably con­sider both out­stand­ing planning ap­pli­ca­tions. “Pre­vi­ously one of the rea­sons for hear­ing both ap­pli­ca­tions to­gether was that po­ten­tially only one ap­pli­ca­tion could be ac­cept­able. Res­i­dents will con­tinue to ob­ject to these planning ap­pli­ca­tions for as long as it takes.”

The two planning ap­pli­ca­tions are 15/00865/OUT Sym­me­try Park from dbSym­me­try and 15/01531/OUT Magna Park North from IDI Gaze­ley.

Magna in­dus­trial park near Junc­tion 20 of the M1

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