Tuesday 25th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

£250m Coventry Gateway logistics plan

Plans for a controversial £250m business park in Coventry have been submitted to the Warwickshire Council and Coventry Council for consideration.

The 4.4 million sq ft scheme known as Coventry Gateway has been put forward by Coventry & Warwickshire Gateway, a joint venture of Roxhill Development and Rigby Family Holdings headed by Sir Peter Rigby the owner of Coventry Airport where the development is proposed.

The scheme is to the south of Coventry, close to the established Middlemarch Business Park, alongside the A45. This road with the A46 provides an instant dual carriageway connection to the M6 (J2) 6 miles to the north, the M40 (J15) 12 miles to the south west and the M45 8 miles to the east.

It is made up of two separate plots. The southern 180 acres is capable of providing 3.6 million sq ft of large B2/B8 warehousing, while the 67 acre plot facing the A45 has the potential for a variety of B1a) b) and c) configurations, along with hotel and other ancillary uses.

The plans have caused controversy not least because much of it is proposed on green belt in addition there could be a conflict of interest with Coventry Airport owner Sir Peter Rigby who is also the chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).