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Warwickshire out-of-town office park gets the green light

by on August 16, 2013

Proposals for an out-of-town, mixed-use business park involving 3,500 sq m of office floor space and a 100-bed hotel in Warwickshire have been approved by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

His decision was in line with the recommendation of the planning inspector who held the call-in inquiry earlier this year.

The three-hectare application site is located to the south of the Leicestershire village of Burbage, adjacent to Junction 1 of the M69 motorway where it crosses the A5. The land is close to the administrative boundaries between Leicestershire and Warwickshire and the neighbouring Rugby and Hinckley and Bosworth borough councils.

In his decision letter the Secretary of State agreed with the inspector and the local planning authority (Rugby BC) that there was a need for additional office floor space in the form of the proposed campus-style business park.

The minister said he was satisfied that no other site had credibly been suggested as being suitable or available to meet that need and that the proposal “would not undermine the spatial strategy for Hinckley or the vitality of Hinckley town centre”.

He added that the scheme would contribute to the economic prosperity of the area and create a high quality built environment while securing overall biodiversity enhancements.

Download the decision letter.

Roger Milne

16 August 2013

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