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[12 OCT 99] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Public Inquiry Into Jaguar Business Park

The Government announced today that there will be a Public Inquiry into the proposals by Jaguar and Coventry City Council for a Business Park at Whitley.

The date for the Inquiry has not yet been fixed but is likely to be in the Spring of next year. It will look into the need for the development, the suitbability of the site, green belt and ecological issues, the loss of school playing fields and the transport implications.

Cllr Sheila Collins, Coventry City CouncilCouncillor Sheila Collins, Chair of the City Council's Economic Regeneration Policy Team said:

"Although I am disappointed, I am not surprised that the application has been called in so that a Public Inquiry can take place. We believe that the development is vital for the city and sub-region in providing quality sites for high technology jobs.

"A considerable effort has been made to ensure that the scheme is as environmentally friendly as possible and we are confident that when all the arguments have been aired in public that the Council's decision to support and promote this proposal will be endorsed by the Government."

Mike Beasley, Executive Director at Jaguar commented:

"We are disappointed that the scheme will be delayed whilst the Inquiry takes place and we are obviously anxious to ensure that this does not blight the future development of the Jaguar Whitley complex. Massive investment has taken place at Whitley to maintain Jaguar's vital position in the local, regional and national economy and this proposed development will create up to 2,500 high quality jobs for the area."

MORE INFORMATION: 
James Russell, Coventry City Council  01203 831230
Debbie Blackburn, Jaguar Public Relations  01203 202 739

     

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