OCT 99] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Public Inquiry Into Jaguar Business Park
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.
Councillor 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
"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."
James Russell, Coventry City Council 01203 831230
Debbie Blackburn, Jaguar Public Relations 01203 202 739