Protestors set for Magna Park planning meeting
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to the contrary it would seem that the only conclusion that can be drawn from this is that the judicial review was withdrawn on the condition that the council would favourably consider both outstanding planning applications.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