Harborough District Council has approved the controversial plans to expand Europe’s largest distribution park in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.
Magna Park sits along the busy A5 in South Leicestershire. The distribution storage centre is used by many well known big brands like Asda, Argos and Lidl, with easy access to the M1 and M69.
The go-ahead was given late last night despite strong opposition from locals who said the plans would see 600 acres of farmland disappear as well as increased traffic and pollution.
A mass protest took place yesterday in a last attempt to stop the planned expansion. Dozens of local residents turned up and the meeting had to be held in a giant air-craft hanger due to the number of attendees.
The planning approval means Magna Park can expand to double its existing site, creating new storage and distribution buildings.
Local resident and campaigner Maggie Pankhurst is unhappy with the decision and said: “It is going to overwhelm the bearing of the villages, bringing extra traffic, extra pollution and extra jobs we don’t need”.
Developers of the site say the approval for the expansion of Magna Park will create 10,000 new jobs, and that they are listening to the voices of concerned residents.
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