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New Depot plans withdrawn

by mslforza on March 12th, 2012
The planning application, submitted by Magna Park owners Gazeley UK on behalf of the Stobart Group at the former George Clothing site, would have seen the creation of a depot with parking spaces for 170 heavy goods vehicles as well as office space.
The plans were due to be considered by Harborough District Council’s planning committee on Tuesday evening.
Planning officers had recommended that the scheme be refused as part of the proposed development would be ‘outside the existing confines of Magna Park’ and because Gazeley UK, had not submitted enough information about the potential for increased traffic on the A4303.
As a result of the recommendation, Gazeley UK withdrew its plans shortly before Tuesday’s meeting.
Gwyn Stubbings, planning manager at Gazeley UK, said there were a number of technical issues with the application which needed to be ironed out.
He added: “We withdrew the plans on Monday.
“There were issues with the Environment Agency, who had some concerns about flooding, and with Leicestershire County Council’s highways team, which had requested some more information.
“We will definitely be re-submitting the application at some point once we have dealt with those issues. We don’t think it is anything which can’t be resolved.
“The Stobart Group is very committed to the project and very committed to working at Magna Park – the firm already occupies one unit and has submitted plans for another warehouse and this latest application was in association with their operations there.”
The Stobart Group had recently announced the forthcoming closure of another of its sites near Corby in Northamptonshire, and some of the jobs at the proposed Magna Park site would have been taken by employees moving from there.

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