The final plans have been submitted as Jaguar Land Rover look to double the size of their research and development centre in Whitley. Thousands of new jobs could be created if the expansion goes ahead but the company has faced some local opposition due to environmental concerns. The plans involve developing an existing 60 acre site south of the A45 that will be linked to the existing JLR site via a new bridge running over the road with half of the site set to be used by their immediate suppliers.
The issue faced by JLR is that the land they wish to expand on is classed as green belt land within the Warwick district, which can only be changed under “exceptional circumstances”. The company have, however, offered to fund traffic calming measures as part of a Section 106 agreement should the expansion plans be accepted.
The date for the final decision to be discussed is yet to be decided and after months of tough negotiations, Jaguar Land Rover will be certainly be hoping for a positive result.