Green light for Jaguar Land Rover's expansion plan

WCN Editorial Team 7 Jun 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The secretary of state has approved Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) plans to develop a research and development centre at Whitley South, UK.

The £250M plan focuses on the expansion of the JLR'S research and development facilities with the company taking part of the new 60-acre site for a new campus development, which will adjoin to its existing Whitley site.

The development will place the company’s global headquarters at Coventry, in Warwickshire. Work can now start on finalising the delivery of the road infrastructure, public transport links, green space and other improvements for local people.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is bidding for a government grant of up to £40M to support the provision of the public roads and bridge across the A45 to link both sites.

This follows on from the £10M of government funding for road improvements around Whitley that led to the company announcing its expansion plans last year.

Cllr Andrew Mobbs, leader of Warwick District Council, said: “This is great news. It is an important step towards the development of Whitley South as a major employment site for the sub-region and one that directly supports JLR’s expansion plans and the consolidation of their global research and development operations within Coventry and Warwickshire.

Construction work on the centre is expected to start late this year or early next year.

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