Following a series of meetings and discussion with Aston Martin, Andrew Mitchell has said that Aston Martin’s relocation to Sutton Coldfield is “ours for the taking”.
Andrew Mitchell said “I have always made clear that I believe that economic investment in Peddimore in the right circumstances could be to our advantage as a town and a necessary Green Belt sacrifice, and is fundamentally different from building 6000 houses on our Green Belt at Area C”.
The prospective investment by Aston Martin in Peddimore could be of specific advantage to our town in terms of employment, training and for research development in addition to being the sort of development that could be made to blend in with the local surroundings. I very much hope that local opinion will be a fundamental part of the local soundings and consultations that will now be taking place”.
Mr Mitchell added “Aston Martin, which is a brilliant mark of 102 years standing, has been considering sites in Abu Dhabi, Europe and America and is now down to a short list of Birmingham, Alabama (for specific industrial reasons) St Athan, a former RAF station in Wales and Peddimore in Sutton Coldfield.”
“Aston Martin are looking for approximately 80 acres and would provide between 550-1000 highly skilled jobs. They would be market leaders in market development and training as well as bringing supply chain benefits. In addition to highly skilled engineering and manufacturing employment the development would be leafy and luxurious and a far cry from the massive warehouses we have long feared might come to Peddimore.”
Aston Martin has aspirations to produce approximately 5000 DBX crossover models as well as 2000 of a separate up market model. In terms of investment Aston Martin have received a £9.1 million contribution from the Regional Growth Fund and will be in a position to start work on developing the site in approximately 6 months’ time.
Andrew Mitchell commented today “In a tough contest involving numerous sites across the developed world Sutton Coldfield does now appear to be in pole position and the next meeting with the Birmingham’s Planning Authority is scheduled for 30 November 15. I have asked for a report from this meeting so that my constituents in Sutton Coldfield are able to consider first-hand what could be on offer to the town and make their views known.”