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Green belt logistics site plans submitted

Two giant M1 motorway logistics sites are challenging green belt planning policy.

Proposals for a 63 acre M1 motorway logistics campus near Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, were submitted to planners last week, adding to the growing number of applications for green belt logistics sites.

The first development, close to junction 27 at Willow Drive and Mansfield Road, Annesley, would total 700,000 sq ft. Although the site is expected to be zoned as industrial land it is, for now, regarded as green belt.

Oxalis Planning are advising Featherstone PDD (Application No V/2022/0360). In a statement to local councillors Oxalis argued for approval, saying: “Ashfield is now left without a supply of high quality, fit for purpose employment sites. Such sites are urgently needed if the area is to meet its needs and to capitalise on its potential as the country emerges from the Covid recession.”

“The application site is ideally suited to logistics purposes. Logistics sites must have very specific characteristics; in particular they must be large and well located with respect to links via the Strategic Road Network to the rest of the country. The site must be capable of delivering a large and level development zone or plateau, readily available and easily served and able to draw on available labour using public transport networks. This site meets all of these criteria.”

The site is immediately next to the HS2 rail line and the A608 trunk road.

The scheme comes just a few weeks after Garner Holdings and Trustees of Major RP Chaworth Musters applied for permission (V/2022/0246) to build four logistics units close to Junction 27 at Mansfield Road, Annesley.

The 987,000 sq ft development sits on a plot of 62 acres, and like the Featherstone proposals is adjacent to the Sherwood business park - one of few green belt logistics sites.

A decision on both applications will be made by Ashfield council planners later this summer.

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