Eddie Stobart lorry park at Magna Park, Lutterworth, set to be refused
Plans to relocate more than 100 jobs to an industrial estate have been put in doubt.
The scheme by haulage giant Eddie Stobart has been recommended for refusal by council officers because a large part of the proposed site would be outside the present limits of Magna Park, Lutterworth.
The plan, for a 16-acre plot south of the A4303, would involve creating parking spaces for 130 lorries and a further 170 for cars and an administration block.
If approved, it would operate alongside a warehouse and office complex which was recently granted planning permission.
Gazeley UK, which owns Magna Park, submitted the plan for the parking area to Harborough District Council on behalf of Eddie Stobart.
Gazeley planning manager Gwyn Stubbings said the development would generate in the region of 220 jobs between the two sites.
In a report, he said: "Up to 40 people will be employed within the gatehouse and administration building proposed on the site.
"It is anticipated that approximately 100 jobs will be created by the proposed warehouse and office development."
He said the jobs would include managerial, office and vehicle maintenance staff, drivers, supervisors and positions in manufacturing, manual work and warehousing.
Many of the drivers' jobs could be taken by employees currently working at an Eddie Stobart depot in Corby, Northamptonshire, which is closing.
The parking area scheme has been opposed by Lutterworth Town Council and the parishes of Bitteswell, Ullesthorpe and Bittesby, which said the site was on farmland and outside the Magna Park boundary.
Lutterworth county councillor Rosita Page said: "Council policy states that any further development of Magna Park should be resisted and the proposed project is in the open countryside.
"Residents in nearby villages are also concerned about the increase in lorry movements and yet more employees driving to and from work there."
Lutterworth district councillor Geraldine Robinson said: "This expansion is not in the interests of the town.
"Many of the jobs will be simply transferring from other sites. The new jobs will not be going to Lutterworth people."
County highways officers said the scheme should be refused because of the impact it would have on the road network.
Harborough council planning officers have recommended that the planning committee rejects the scheme when it meets on Tuesday.
They said the development would be unacceptable in the countryside, could have an detrimental impact on the road network and that a proper flood risk assessment had not been carried out.
Nobody was available for comment.