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Planners overrule "Amazon warehouse" objections

Planners overrule "Amazon warehouse" objections

Coventry planners have overruled objections to approve A 626,000 sq ft warehouse – expected to be occupied by Amazon.

A 434,000 sq ft warehouse with 192,000 sq ft mezzanine on the former Jaguar Cars site at Browns Lane, Coventry, won approval following an application from developer Goodman.

The unit will be 12m internal height on a 30.6-acre slice of the site at Browns Lane, now renamed Lyons Park. The proposal includes 127 HGV spaces.

The approval followed a series of objections to the Goodman plan and the rejection of a similar application in 2011 on the grounds that warehousing would not meet the city’s economic needs and would produce fewer jobs and benefits than alternative uses.

Amazon has declined to confirm their interest in the site, but the connection with the online retailer is widely believed in the West Midlands.

The first new units at Lyons Park totally 214,000 sq ft and were completed in July 2015, hailed at the time as the first development on this scale in the Midlands since the financial crash. Lettings announced so far including this summer’s deal to engineers Norman Hay, who will take 38,600 sq ft, and Impression Technologies, who have taken 32,300 sq ft.

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