Logistics Park given the go ahead.

Planning approval has been given for the construction of a £30m distribution warehousing park at Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire.

Developer Gazeley has secured approval from North West Leicestershire District Council to develop the 68-acre site.

Until 2004 the site was a coal preparation and disposal point, but is now disused. Most of it is identified as suitable for employment provision in the district’s local plan.

Representations against the application included concerns about the size and scale of the building, the traffic and the impact on air quality.

Chair of the council’s planning committee, Councillor Nigel Smith, said: “This was a difficult decision for the committee but on balance the opportunity to bring new jobs to North West Leicestershire on land already earmarked for employment provision proved decisive”.

“The last nine months have been very difficult nationally, but this development offers a real economic boost for our district and new jobs for local people in the coming years of recovery from Covid-19”.