Controversial warehouse project gets the green light

A controversial warehouse project in Enderby, Leicestershire, has been approved after several setbacks.

The Enderby Logistics Hub has been a contentious issue for about a decade, with residents fighting against it due to concerns over loss of green space, increased traffic and impact on wildlife.

Blaby District Council’s planning committee had initially rejected the plan last October, going against their planning department’s advice. However, yesterday, councillors approved a revised proposal submitted in February.

Concerns were raised about building on the last green space between the city and St Johns, which contradicts the council’s Local Plan aimed at protecting such areas.

Additionally, there were warnings that the development would add 1,600 more cars daily, worsening traffic conditions.

Project applicant, The Drummond Estate argued that the development would not severely impact the roads and would bring an economic investment.

The initial 2019 application proposed four large logistics warehouses and a training centre. The revised plans replace the training centre with three general industrial buildings in addition to the original four warehouses.

The council received 2,699 public representations on the scheme, with 2,660 opposing it.

Snub the Hub, a local campaign group also presented a petition with 753 signatures against the project. Despite this, five councillors voted to approve the development, while four opposed it.

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