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WILDLIFE TRUST OPPOSES JAGUAR PLANS TO EXPAND IN COVENTRY

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A wildlife trust could scupper car manufacturer Jaguar's plans to expand on a protected site in Coventry, says The ...
A wildlife trust could scupper car manufacturer Jaguar's plans to expand on a protected site in Coventry, says The Guardian (section 2 p2).

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is demanding a public inquiry over the proposal to develop a complementary technology park alongside Jaguar's hi-tech design centre.

Coventry City Council believes the project could create 2,500 jobs and is anxious to accommodate it.

Carl Pearson, head of the city's centre for investment, said: 'Ultimately this is about the development of the global motor industry and ensuring that Coventry has a place in it. It's important that we are seen as a centre of excellence with world-class facilities.'

However Andrew Thompson of the Warwicshire Wildlife Trust says the 80 acre proposed site, which has importance for nature conservation status, sustains a population of increasingly rare skylarks, 21 different kinds of grass and various wild flowers.

He said: 'We're not anti-development but we are pro-nature.'

Jaguar does not want to develop an alternative brownfield site because it is not immediately adjacent to their centre.

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