Green light for JLR expansion

Green light for JLR expansion

Coventry City Council and Warwick District Council have approved plans submitted by Jaguar Land Rover earlier this year to expand its Whitley R&D centre.

The £500m expansion of the site will create up to 2,000 jobs and provide a major boost to the regional economy.

It reaffirms the manufacturers commitment to the West Midlands with the region at the heart of the group’s plans for global growth.

JLR is expected to take half the 60 acre site with the rest of the site snapped up by tier one - immediate - suppliers to the manufacturing giant.

Jonathan Browning, chairman of Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), welcomed the news.

He said: “This is extremely positive news for Coventry and Warwickshire and the wider West Midlands.

“The expansion of JLR’s R&D centre will create new jobs and improved infrastructure and will firmly cement Coventry and Warwickshire’s place as a global centre of research and development in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector, which is a key economic driver for this area.

“Coventry and Warwickshire has a very vibrant supply chain and research and development presence, and a large number of companies also stand to benefit from the continued growth of Jaguar Land Rover.

“The LEP has played a significant role in pushing through investment in infrastructure to ensure that we are geared up to help our companies achieve their potential.”

David Penn, the chair of the Coventry branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, added: “It is fantastic news that JLR’s expansion plans have been passed.

“It’s an iconic company for this area and it’s impossible to overstate the economic contribution it makes in terms of jobs – directly and indirectly – and the positive knock-on effect it has on the supply chain.

“That said, I do repeat my plea that more land be brought forward for industrial use to help the city and the region accommodate the growth this could bring.”