12 May 21
West Midlands Gigafactory moves step closer with launch of public consultation
Proposals for a Gigafactory at Coventry Airport have accelerated today following the launch of a public consultation. The consultation seeks to understand the views of residents and the local community before a planning application is submitted in the coming months.
In February, Coventry Airport was announced as the preferred site for a West Midlands Gigafactory with Coventry City Council and Coventry Airport Ltd forming a Joint Venture partnership to bring forward a planning application.
The Faraday Institution, an independent research institution, estimates that a failure to build a UK battery supply chain could cost more than 100,000 jobs by 2040. A Gigafactory at Coventry Airport is predicted to generate at least 4,500 jobs directly, as well as tens of thousands more across the supply chain, and represent an investment of up to £2bn in the West Midlands.
Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the consultation is being run online with multiple ways to engage with the proposals. More details on how to take part can be found at www.gigafactoryconsultation.co.uk.
Cllr Jim O’Boyle cabinet member jobs and regeneration at Coventry City Council, said: “The launch of the public consultation today marks a significant step forward as we prepare a planning application for a Gigafactory at Coventry Airport. Coventry, at the heart of the UK automotive sector has access to talent, world-leading research centres, and a mature supply chain, all of which are critical to delivering a Gigafactory.
“I encourage residents and the local community to review the early proposals as we continue to work tirelessly to ensure that we secure a Gigafactory and the future of automotive production in Coventry and Warwickshire.”
Andrew Bell, CEO of Regional City Airports who own and manage Coventry Airport, said: “Coventry Airport is the ideal site for a West Midlands Gigafactory, and we are excited to support the local partnership as it brings forward proposals. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be working with the local community and others to ensure that the proposals deliver the maximum possible benefit to the area and region, and we encourage local people to take part in the consultation.”
For more information, visit www.gigafactoryconsultation.co.uk.