The local community is invited to a public exhibition for plans to expand Magna Park, Lutterworth and build a new Logistics Academy.
Magna Park owners Gazeley have announced ambitious plans that stand to create up to 6,000 new jobs as the distribution centre expands on some 200 hectares of land to the north of the existing park. The scheme could take the total number of jobs at Magna Park to over 15,000.
The public exhibition is aimed at giving people the chance both to comment on the emerging plans for a one million sq ft distribution centre for an existing occupier of Magna Park who wishes to expand and also to feed into the developing proposals for the wider expansion of the park.
The developing proposals for the wider expansion of the park include a university-partnered and campus-based Logistics Academy for up to 800 14-19 year olds together with a new community park centred on the scheduled ancient monument.
This will be the first of a series of exhibitions that will give residents the chance to find out more, feed into and help to shape the proposals as they are developed. Gwyn Stubbings, Gazeley’s Planning Manager said he hoped as many local people as possible would come to the exhibition to see and provide feedback on the emerging plans for themselves and take advantage of the opportunity to put any questions they have to the team that is working up the proposals.
The first exhibition will be held at Lutterworth Town Hall in Lutterworth High Street on the following dates:
• Friday 14 November 2pm – 8pm
• Saturday 15 November 10am – 3pm
Mr Stubbings said: “It is really important for us to be good neighbours and to be involved with the local community, which is why I hope as many people as possible will come to the exhibition to meet us and find out more. We are committed to listening to our neighbours and enforce strict controls on our occupiers to minimise disturbance to people living nearby.
“Magna Park already employs more than 9,000 people, many of whom live locally, and we are committed to building on that success and adding still greater value to the local economy and communities. The logistics sector nationally is set to create a million jobs by the end of the decade and our development and the logistics academy – a university technical college – that the expansion of the park makes possible will put Harborough’s young people in a prime position to grasp those opportunities.”