Jaguar Land Rover have received double approval for their ambitious £500m expansion plans from both Coventry and Warwick District councils. The plans still need to be approved by the UK government but this latest approval is a huge step forward for the project.
Over 2000 new jobs are expected to be created by taking over the 60-acre site just south of their existing base in Whitley and the plans also include a new countryside park, hotel and small shops alongside the new offices and research buildings.
Mike Crone from JLR said: “JLR has expanded rapidly over the last five years, and this expansion is set to continue.
“Our current UK sites are at full capacity and we can’t continue this growth without new sites.
“The development will allow JLR to establish deep roots in the area.”
The expansion should be a huge boost for the region and help cement Coventry and Warwickshire’s place as a global centre of research and development in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector.
Industry experts also believe this expansion will speed up the development of new technologies including the use of autonomous systems for future vehicles.