£250m plans submitted for development near Coventry Airport could create thousands of jobs

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PLANS for a £250m development between Coventry Airport and the A45 have been submitted to Coventry City and Warwick District councils.

The plan could create over 14,000 jobs and mean a massive investment in the road network around the site. The Coventry and Warwickshire Development Partnership, a joint venture between Coventry Airport owners Rigby Family Holdings and Roxhill Properties, is seeking outline planning permission for the research and development hub. The application – called the Coventry and Warwickshire Gateway – contains detailed proposals for landscaping around the two sites and highway improvements designed to tie in with Highways Agency scheme to improve Tollbar Island.

The scheme is due to go before planning committees in December. While developers believe the plans could boost the economy, not everyone agrees. Mark Sullivan, of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: “This would tear a huge hole in the green belt when there are other more suitable sites for the development. We are studying the proposals in detail and are building up a very strong case against them.”