FEB 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
2,500 Jaguar Jobs On Way Despite Nature Fears
plans to create a business park and expand Jaguar’s design
centre in Coventry have moved a step nearer reality, with Deputy
Prime Minister John Prescott saying he supports the scheme.
business park that could create 2,500 jobs is being planned for
the site at Whitley. It will support Jaguar’s operations in
design and development work.
including Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, objected to the scheme
because they say it will destroy the habitat for plants and birds.
matter was the subject of a public inquiry in February last year.
The inspector who carried it out has backed the use of the land
go-ahead will now be given once certain details are explained
further. John Prescott, Secretary of State for the Department of
Environment, Transport and the Regions, wants to know if building
a hotel on the business park can be justified.
details are also needed about the provision of bus services to the
if these matters are resolved, the planning permission will be
given. The scheme includes measures to protect the area’s
development includes a hotel, conference centre, nursery and a
small retail store.
Dave Batten, cabinet member (Development and Renewal) said:
is excellent news for Jaguar and for the people of Coventry who
will be working within the new business park in the future.
Jaguar Whitley site is vital in providing high quality
employment land to meet Coventry’s needs.
business park will create up to 2,500 jobs which will have a
significant impact on people’s quality of life and on the
managing director Jonathan Browning, added:
am delighted that the Secretary of State supports the principle
of the business park, and look forward to confirmation of the
final planning permission.
have no doubt that the park will play a pivotal role in
strengthening the local economy and providing new employment.
Jaguar we are committed to our ongoing environmental
responsibilities and will maintain and develop our plans to
safeguard wildlife and enhance the ecology of sensitive
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