Gigafactory’ plan for green belt site near M54

A car battery factory with the potential to bring 3,000 new jobs to the region is being planned for land close to the M54

A green belt site close to the border of Shropshire and Staffordshire, and just eight miles from the Jaguar Land Rover factory at the i54 on the edge of Wolverhampton, is being put forward as a potential location for the ‘gigafactory’.

The project could be worth more than £1bn to the region’s economy, bringing much-needed jobs and cementing the West Midlands’ reputation as a centre of excellence for the car industry.

The Department for International Trade has been looking for a UK site where firms could build a giant gigafactory, making lithium-ion batteries for electric cars as the market is predicted to increase dramatically in coming years.

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