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Planning granted for Warwickshire employment scheme

24 January 2023
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Planning consent has been secured for a new employment scheme in Warwickshire which could attract 100 jobs to the area.

Warwickshire Property & Development Group (WPDG) has been granted planning consent on a 42,000 sq ft industrial scheme at Holywell Business Park which is part of the Kineton Road Industrial Estate in Southam.

It will feature nine units between 1,900 sq ft and 15,000 sq ft to suit a range of businesses and it would be the first industrial development by WPDG, which was formed last year by Warwickshire County Council to realise the potential of its development sites, commercial buildings and mineral rights.

WPDG will shortly name its preferred contractor and work will start on site later in the Spring and is expected to take about eight months.

Rob Andrews, Head of Development at Warwickshire Property & Development Group, said: “This is very fitting for our first industrial scheme as it is designed to support the local economy by providing varied and high quality accommodation in a range of sizes which will suit different needs.

“A successful economy needs local companies of all sizes to grow and thrive and this scheme will allow that pipeline to develop as well as being attractive to those looking to move to what is a strategically well-placed location.

“We have been formed to ensure that the county’s land holding achieves its economic potential for the good of local people whether that be, as in this case, through the creation of new jobs or by creating new homes for local people.

“This land has remained unused for many years and will soon be an economically vibrant development providing expansion potential for companies and employment opportunities for local people.

“We recently completed our first commercial letting, this is the first time that we have bought a commercial development through to construction and there are other exciting developments we are working on.”

Kineton Road Industrial Estate is the main employment site in Southam and is home to a range of local, national and international businesses include Al-Ko Kober, DYWIDAG and Alumet Systems.

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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