Magna Park is Big Enough


The Council rejected the planning application from

IDI Gazeley to expand Magna Park


What a result.  Thanks to everyone who turned out to the meeting and to those who have supported the campaign over the past 3 years.



Past news

The meeting planned for 11th December will now be held on Wednesday 10th January.  All the arrangements are the same as for the postponed meeting.

You thought it was all over…..

Well not quite yet

On Monday 11th December the full HDC Council will reconsider the planning application to expand the existing Magna Park (15/01531/OUT).  This will be a full hearing – starting from scratch.

Once again we would love you to come along and show your objection to the application because of the massive impact it will have on our area.

At 6pm we will gather outside Hanger 42 at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome with our protest banners.

Sadly the decision to allow the Symmetry Park development still stands.

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Earlier announcement after the Planning Committee meeting

Magna Park is TOOOOO Big 

On Thursday 23rd November

HDC Planning Committee

approved both planning applications to expand Magna Park

This is devastating news for all of us who will be affected by these developments

Thanks for all your support over the past 3 years.  

We did our best – just a shame that we couldn’t achieve our goal

Magna Park is Big Enough

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Magna Park is Big Enough is an umbrella group for local people who want to challenge the need to expand Magna Park.  We believe that any further expansion would have a detrimental effect on our lives and the local environment and bring little or no benefit to the local area.

There are three planning applications to expand the distribution site at Magna Park.

  1. Magna Park/DHL (15/00919/FUL)
  2. Magna Park “North” (15/01531/OUT)
  3. Symmetry Park (15/00865/OUT)

The proposed developments are set to nearly triple the current size of Magna Park placing up to 8 million square feet on South Leicestershire countryside.  The area of farmland that will be covered by the expansion is the equivalent of 63 Fosse Park Shopping centres.

On the 13th July 2016 Magna Park/DHL was given approval  by Harborough District Council’s Planning Committee.  This was the second time the Planning Committee had considered the application and this time it was approved by only one vote.  At the end of October the final approval was given to this planning application but in early December 2016 dbSymmetry, the developers of Symmetry Park (15/00865/OUT) requested a judicial review of HDC’s decision to grant permission.  The courts agreed that there was a need for a Judicial Review but before the review could take place it was withdrawn.  We do not know the reasons for the withdrawal but IDI Gazeley, Harborough District Council and dbSymmetry all had to agree before it could be withdrawn.  This means that work can now start on the DHL warehouse along Mere Lane and the other planning applications can proceed to the planning committee.

The DHL warehouse site will be larger than 4 Fosse Park Shopping Centres.

The next Magna Park planning application (Magna Park “North” 15/01531/OUT) will be the equivalent in size to 42 Fosse Park Shopping Centres.

The dbSymmetry planning application (Symmetry Park 15/00865/OUT) is to build a site equivalent to 17 Fosse Park Shopping Centres.

That would make 63 Fosse Park Shopping Centres – making the whole Magna Park area the biggest distribution site in the world.

The next two planning applications will be heard together by the Planning Committee at 6.30pm on Thursday 23rd November 2017 at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome.  Please some along to show your opposition to these plans to expand Magna Park,

PLEASE put in your objections NOW.

Magna Park “North” 15/01531/OUT

Symmetry Park 15/00865/OUT