FEB 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Jaguar Whitley Public Inquiry
Inquiry into the proposals for a business park development next to the Jaguar Whitley site
started today Tuesday 29 February 2000 and is programmed to last 12 days.
The City Council are joint applicants with Jaguar in putting forward the development
proposals, as the site is owned by both parties.
The planning application has been called in by the Secretary of State for his
determination, objections to the application will be examined by an appointed Inspector.
Held in Court Room 1, (access gained through the entrance to St Marys Hall) the
Inquiry will investigate the need for the development, the suitability of the site, green
belt and ecological issues, as well as the loss of school playing fields and the transport
Councillor Sheila Collins, Chair of the City Councils Economic
Regeneration Policy Team said:
"The City Council is committed to creating 5,000 new jobs by 2003 as part of the
Coventry Community Plan, which prioritises and targets the needs of the city for the next
five years. Beyond that it is vital that we provide sufficient employment land to met the
needs of Coventry and the Whitley site is critical in doing that. The Business Park will
create up to 2,500 high quality jobs which would have a significant effect on
peoples quality of life and on the local economy. We feel this development is right
for local people and for our city."
Councillor Sheila Collins added:
"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 Councils decision to support and promote this proposal
will be endorsed by the Government."
Mike Beasley, Executive Director of Jaguar Cars Limited commented:
"Massive investment has taken place at the Whitley site to maintain Jaguars
vital position in the local, regional and national economy, along with a programme of
continuous environmental improvements.
"Officers from Jaguar have been positive and open in their response to the
concerns about the impact of the proposed development on the local environment and
representatives will be appearing at the inquiry in support of the development which would
help to strengthen Coventrys economic and technical infrastructure."
Jaguars recent environmental initiatives at the Whitley site include: air quality
improvements, energy-saving and waste initiatives, water and land contamination
prevention initiatives, along with a programme of tree planting and the preservation of a
Tony Auty, Coventry City Council Head of Development Projects
024 76 832770
Deborah Blackburn, Jaguar Cars Ltd Communications & Public Affairs
024 76 202739
SEE: [12 OCT 99] PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO JAGUAR BUSINESS PARK