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Development to shut Coventry Airport. Parcelforce ?

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Development to shut Coventry Airport. Parcelforce ?

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Plans for Coventry Airport 'gigafactory' backed
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Hundreds of objections have been lodged against the plans
Plans for a huge electric car battery factory at Coventry Airport have been given the go-ahead by the local authority.
The proposals, which would see the airport close, claim that the new plant would create up to 6,000 new jobs.
Campaigners say losing the site would cause "irreparable damage" to businesses who use it.
Backed by Warwick District Council on Tuesday, the bid still needs backing from a car company and government.
Access designs also needs approval from planners at Coventry City Council.
Hundreds of objections have been lodged against the plans including from parish councils, CPRE, the countryside charity and a cross-party parliamentary group which is designed to promote general aviation.
Their concerns include the impact on the green belt, the scale of the development and the loss of the airfield.
But the plans have also been supported by local MPs, unions and the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street.
A business at the airport
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More than 20 businesses are based at the airfield including flying schools and aircraft maintenance firms
The blueprint has been put forward by Coventry Airport Ltd and Coventry City Council.
The facility would manufacture electric car batteries seen as key to the industry as car manufacturers, including JLR, move to producing electric vehicles.
Following Tuesday's decision, Sky Harbour UK Limited, a specialist aviation and aerospace consultancy based at the airport, said by "ignoring the objections of the Civil Aviation Authority, the All Party Parliamentary Group and Royal Mail, a dangerous precedent has been set, nationally".
It added a "green Light" had been given to speculative property developers "who control the nation's airports".
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Double trouble for RM? It was mentioned in another thread that RM are effectively going to get booted out of the NDC site as the landlord has got a new tenant lined up. Would have to look up to see what's the situation with HCN but even if HCN is safe, that's a lot of stuff that RM has to find new sites for.
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NDC will move to it’s new site, which obviously will be too small, they always are ! Thoughts of hanging on to current site are a non-starter as another firm waiting to move in. Maybe those upstairs should be considering at least securing an area of land near the new Midlands Parcel Hub for future expansion.
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ConeHater wrote:
12 Jan 2022, 15:44
NDC will move to it’s new site, which obviously will be too small, they always are ! Thoughts of hanging on to current site are a non-starter as another firm waiting to move in. Maybe those upstairs should be considering at least securing an area of land near the new Midlands Parcel Hub for future expansion.
An ideal site if the land is available would be right next door, then a covered conveyor could go between the two sites
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When has Royal Mail ever thought of anything as radical as ‘room for expansion’ ! The new Midlands Parcel Hub site is already boxed-in on all but half on one side, and - looking at the plans - I can’t see where the yard space will be. NDC has 110 loading/unloading bays and another 200+ bays in yard, the new site will have 234 ish loading/unloading bays but can’t see much of a yard.
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