A 127-acre site next to the M1 and A50 in northwest Leicestershire has been set aside for the construction of seven large industrial buildings.
The area, off Netherfields Lane in Sawley near Castle Donington, is currently used by the East Midlands Shooting Club, but Newlands Developments Ltd has applied for permission to build the industrial park.
Members of the North West Leicestershire District Council planning committee will discuss the project next week.
Planning officials recommended granting permission to approve the project, although the site is outside the development area in local planning strategies.
Documents submitted to the council by Newlands do not indicate whether companies are still lined up to move into the complex, which is said to be next to the newly built Aldi distribution center.
However, they say they expect 1,109 full-time equivalent jobs to be created – in addition to nearly 2,000 construction jobs over the two years the units are scheduled to be built.
The company said: “This would provide a significant number of new employment opportunities for residents of North West Leicestershire.”
The company has claimed that when the site is operational it will bring in £ 66million per year to the local economy while generating £ 3million per year in business rates – half of which will go to the coffers of the district council.
There has been only one objection to the project filed with planners, which is largely based on fears that the development will cause flooding.
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However, Lockington Cum Hemington Parish Council raised concerns that the business park would be outside the area the district has designated for development.
The parish council said, “We have continued to oppose the construction of any additional warehouse around this area and do not believe in the real world, there is an urgent need.”
But he says the site has been targeted by dumpsters, arsonists burning trailers and bike jammers and over the years that would only continue if nothing happens there.