THE PLANNED gigafactory for Coventry Airport which will safeguard tens of thousands of jobs and create 4,500 more is a step loser after a public consultation was launched.
The proposals have been accelerated by the survey, which runs until June 6, and it is important the views of residents and the local community are needed before the proposals can be submitted.
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 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 represents an investment of up to £2billion in the West Midlands.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the consultation is being run online with multiple ways to engage with the proposals.
Coun Jim O’Boyle, cabinet member jobs and regeneration at Coventry City Council, said the launch of the public consultation was a significant step forward for the project.
“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 which owns 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.”
People should visit www.gigafactoryconsultation.co.uk for more information and to find out how to have their say.