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Video: Fly-through clip shows JLR's expansion plans

New 90-second video gives insight into what the site and £40 million bridge could look like if project wins city council backing

A futuristic video has been released showing what Jaguar Land Rover's multimillion-pound expansion plans could look like.

The simulation (above) has been released by Coventry City Council as the authority confirms the luxury car manufacturer is planning to expand onto a 60-acre site by Coventry Airport in a move which is expected to create thousands of jobs.

The story was revealed earlier today as an estimated £500 million will be invested in the area by JLR.

Half of the new site would be taken up by JLR while the other would be occupied by the firm's tier one suppliers.

The key to the project is a £40 million bid from Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership to central government which would enable a bow string bridge to be built across the A45, linking up the two sites.

If successful, the bridge would be delivered by Coventry City Council.

Our sister paper the Coventry Telegraph understands Business Secretary Sajid Javid has already been involved in discussions with JLR about this aspect of the project.

Plans for the expansion are expected to be submitted by February 8 and approval is due by the summer, unless they are called in by the secretary of state because the site is designated as green belt.

Council officials believe that is now less likely as the area is earmarked to be taken out of the green belt in Warwick District Council's local plan.

Once approved, bosses are hopeful work can begin before the end of the year.

The plans are expected to take 18 months to deliver and the council insists disruption to the road network will be minimal.

Jaguar Land Rover will carry out public consultation on the scheme between January 21 and 23.



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