PLANNING chiefs have given the green light for Jaguar Land Rover’s £500 million expansion in Coventry which is set to created an estimated 2,000 jobs across the region.
Dual planning permission from Coventry Council and Warwick District Council – needed as the 60-acre site falls under the jurisdiction of both councils – was given on Tuesday, paving the way for the massive investment in the firm, the region and its workers.
JLR will occupy half of the site, which sits to the south of its Whitley base next to the A45, while the remaining 30 acres will be earmarked for use by the car giant’s suppliers – further supporting the region through the supply chain.
David Penn, the chair of the Coventry branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “It is fantastic news that Jaguar Land Rover’s expansion plans have been passed.
“It’s an iconic company for this area and it’s impossible to overstate the economic contribution it makes in terms of jobs – directly and indirectly – and the positive knock-on effect it has on the supply chain.
“That said, I do repeat my plea that more land be brought forward for industrial use to help the city and the region accommodate the growth this could bring.”
A spokesperson for JLR said: “We are pleased that the councils have approved outline planning permission for Coventry City Council & Jaguar Land Rover’s joint development of land known as ‘Whitley South’.
“This will support Jaguar Land Rover’s long-term strategy to expand its advanced engineering and design centre at Whitley.
“Subject to the outcome of the next stages of the planning process, the proposal could create additional high-quality research & development office space near to Jaguar Land Rover’s existing site at Whitley.
“The wider development plans may accommodate other businesses and almost half of the land will be set aside for landscape improvements and local community use.”