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Jaguar Land Rover plans vast new logistics hub

Jaguar Land Rover plans vast new logistics hub

Jaguar Land Rover has published plans for a vast new logistics hub, to be located next to the company's manufacturing facility in Solihull.

The planned new facility will cover over a million sq ft of ground at the site, which lies between Elmdon Park, the A45, Birmingham International Airport and Solihull Moors football ground. It will include an enormous warehouse with space for 78 heavy goods vehicles to park, as well as 40,000 sq ft of office space.

It is not just the building of the warehouse that will create new construction jobs, as road working jobs will be created by the reconfiguration of Damson Parkway, the road that serves the site. This will include a new roundabout, a traffic light-controlled junction, a new cycle lane, footpath and a large car park with room for 1,550 vehicles and 90 bicycles.

In a statement produced in support of the planning application, the company said: "Jaguar Land Rover is a strong, healthy and vibrant company, well-positioned, strategically and financially, for future growth.

"Delivery of the logistics operations centre would contribute to ensuring that Jaguar Land Rover increases its efficiencies, capabilities and overall business resilience."

The development is the latest boost for the Solihull plant, with the company having announced earlier this year that it is creating 250 jobs at its special operations division and that production of the new Land Rover Discovery will be split between Solihull and the firm's plant in Slovakia.

This development is the latest to suggest the motor manufacturing industry will not be looking to move production away from the UK when it leaves the European Union, along with the recent announcement by Nissan of further investment in its Sunderland plant. This means it is likely more manufacturing jobs will be created by further work building new facilities at car plants across Britain in the future.

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