CEG has submitted a hybrid planning application for this 29.5-hectare site which lies between the M40, Pimple Lane and the B4100 (Banbury Road) and southeast of Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) design and engineering centre and Aston Martin Lagonda’s (AML) headquarters. To the northeast of the site, 100 hectares of land is allocated in Stratford District’s Core Strategy specifically for the expansion of JLR operations and further north, a 3,000-home development is underway as part of the Gaydon Lighthorne Heath New Settlement, known as Upper Lighthorne.
The proposals seek to respond to the significant need for new employment floorspace within the district and wider region. The planning application seeks permission for a range of uses including, manufacturing, storage and distribution, research and development, and industrial processes. The proposed units will provide workspace from 34,000 sq. m down to smaller flexible commercial units of between 1,500 sq. m and 1,900 sq. m.
The scheme will appeal to a range of occupiers from national companies, major local employers seeking new and larger premises as well smaller and growing local businesses. Collectively, this will help to provide a variety of jobs, including, manufacturing, supply chain and warehousing roles; distribution and logistics design; as well as managerial positions and associated roles such as HR, health and safety, finance, IT, marketing and support services.
Alongside the commercial development, a new five-acre parkland is proposed within the southern part of the site. This parkland will provide a new amenity space for the village of Gaydon, and we welcome your views as to what you would like to include within this space.
The exhibition boards displayed at the public consultation event can be downloaded here: