Plans for Coventry gigafactory given green light by planners

Coventry gigafactory

Warwick County Council has backed plans to build a gigafactory at Coventry Airport.

This follows support from local business leaders late last year.

The planning application for a gigafactory at Coventry Airport were submitted by joint venture partners, Coventry City Council and Coventry Airport Ltd.

The public-private partnership represents the latest initiative in the UK’s pursuit of a gigafactory, and further strengthens the West Midlands’ attraction for battery suppliers.

The West Midlands is already the heart of the UK automotive sector, and home to several automotive manufacturers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin Lagonda, BMW, LEVC and others.

Securing a gigafactory in the West Midlands has been identified as vital for the continued success of the automotive industry, creating thousands of green jobs, attracting up to £2 billion of investment, and supporting the drive for Net Zero.

The UK Government has made up to £500m funding available.

The West Midlands Combined Authority, which is led by the West Midlands Mayor and comprises the region’s seven urban councils, has formally endorsed Coventry Airport as the preferred site for a Gigafactory. The Airport site could accommodate up to 4.5m sq ft of commercial space, making use of the large areas of hard standing and existing development.