Plans to build a £350m Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) factory near Wolverhampton have been given the go-ahead by South Staffordshire Council. JLR is creating up to 750 jobs at a site on the Staffordshire-Wolverhampton border where the luxury carmaker, owned by Tata, is investing to build low-emission engines.
The council said it was thought work to prepare the site at the i54 Business Park near the M54 may start in January.
JLR has said it expected the facility to create up to 750 engineering and manufacturing posts, along with hundreds more jobs in the supply chain and the wider UK economy. Councillors in South Staffordshire backed the proposals this week from a planning application submitted in October. South Staffordshire Council said the bid to attract JLR to the i54 site was jointly made by itself, Staffordshire County Council and Wolverhampton City Council and added that Staffordshire County and Wolverhampton City councils would now embark on a project to construct a new slip road off the M54 at junction 2, which would serve the i54 site. This means that both councils are investing about £20m into the scheme.
Councillor Brian Cox, chairman of South Staffordshire Council's regulatory committee, said, 'It is a very important project and one which will benefit the entire region for years to come.'