OCT 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Green Light For New Jaguar Whitley Site
Plans for a
controversial new business park at the Jaguar Whitley site have been
given the thumbs up by the Secretary of State.
City Council has received news from the Secretary of State, that the
proposals for the hi-tech park adjacent to Jaguar's Engineering
Centre will receive planning permission.
that remains is for the applicants Jaguar Cars and the City Council
as Planning Authority, to sign an agreement of terms and conditions.
Dave Batten, Cabinet Member (Development and Renewal) said:
news is excellent, it is just the sort of good news that we need
to hear. This development will help bring business to our City and
create local jobs for local people. I know that both the City
Council and Jaguar who were joint applicants in these proposals,
worked very hard together to bring all the pieces of the jigsaw
into one development proposal. I believe that this working
together in partnership, has enabled us to convince the Secretary
of State that Coventry should have this important business park
Browning, Managing Director at Jaguar Cars, commented:
are delighted that the Secretary of State is happy with the
principle of the Business Park. Clearly, we are still in the early
stages of an ongoing process that will necessitate further
consultation and investigation with the Council, our employees and
the local community."
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
news has come following many months of consideration. The outline
planning application was called in by the Secretary of State, which
led to a Public Inquiry which started back in February last year.
Secretary of State has since been considering further evidence for
and against the development proposals, including the request for
increased funding to be available for the co-ordination of
employment and training along with additional Green Travel
arrangements which offer a realistic choice of access to the site.
The final agreement takes all of these factors into account.
final proposal excluded the initially planned hotel and conference
centre which the Planning Inspector considered to be unnecessary.
Wildlife Trust, who have opposed the proposal, were still
considering their response when contacted by CWN. Andrew Thompson,
Conservation Manager at the Trust, told CWN that he hoped that as
the hotel and conference centre had been dropped there would be more
land available for conservation purposes.
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