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Could online retailer Amazon create over 1,600 new jobs for the West Midlands?

Coventry City Council’s planning committee has voted in favour of plans to build a 40,000 square metre warehouse on the former Jaguar site in Brown’s Lane, Coventry.

Despite local objections, it is believed that the huge warehouse which will be the height of three double decker buses, with space for 127 lorries, offices and parking for 700 cars, 36 motorcycles and 64 bicycles will become home to the online retail giant Amazon.

Councillor Jim O’Boyle, the city council’s cabinet member for jobs, states: “By granting these plans you give nearly 2,000 young people a job in the city. I believe this is one of the most important planning applications that has come before this committee in the last ten years. We are giving 1,650 people in this city a job. It represents an investment in our city and will be a catalyst for future investment.”

Speculation over who will take over the warehouse has been rife ever since the plans were first revealed.

With a spokesman for Amazon stating the firm doesn’t comment on speculation and added that any announcements about developments would be made “in due course”.

Planning officers have already been addressing concerns from nearby residents, and have stated that certain precautions would be taken to assure that they weren’t disturbed.

Such as; extra panes of glass for their windows to reduce noise pollution, a fence that would be designed to ‘deaden’ sound from lorries loading and unloading goods, and lastly an advanced lighting system with a mixture of trees that would minimise light pollution.

The arrival of Amazon, a multi-national organisation would amount to a £120 million pound investment in the area and mean the biggest influx of jobs in one swoop. It is hoped the site will be in full operation by next year.

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