Jaguar Land Rover to Coventry: Give us more space or we're leaving
Jaguar Land Rover want to expand into what is currently a protected green belt zone on the fringe of the city. Its planning consultants say in a report to the city's planning department that delays to its investment plans will damage the growth of JLR in Britain.
A planning statement submitted on behalf of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Coventry City Council outlines the multi-million dollar proposals, but also warns of the implications of delays by decision makers.
"Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) are synonymous with Coventry and Warwickshire. It is the home of their world headquarters and is the location from which their recent success has been stimulated.
"Their growth, since acquisition by Tata Motors, has been a UK (and Coventry and Warwickshire) success story; the figures speak for themselves. In the last five years turnover has tripled and their workforce has doubled. They now employ over 37,000 people with over 34,000 based in the UK."
"Delays to investment decisions will damage the growth of JLR in the UK. The co-location of researchers, specialist staff, support staff, engineers and engine development and testing, together with core JLR supplier businesses is essential and will provide vital commercial and operational efficiencies.
"The dispersal of powertrain facilities and research and development staff elsewhere in the wider region or UK, would not fit with JLR's commercial requirements,"warn the consultants.
"It would cause serious inefficiencies and add considerably to production costs. If expansion at Whitley is not possible, put simply, JLR will need to look elsewhere, even abroad, where there are significant base cost advantages." ■