Landowner hits back at MP’s criticism of ‘gigafactory’ plan near M54

Plans to use greenbelt land for a giant electric car battery factory came from a council and not the landowner, who has hit back at criticism from an MP.

Viscount Alexander Newport, managing director of the Bradford Estates, said that the suggestion of using land west of Tong and north of Junction 3 of the M54, for a ‘gigafactory’ had been drawn up by Shropshire Council and submitted to the Department for International Trade.

The Bradford Estates had previously proposed building what would effectively be a new settlement on the land, with around 3,000 homes and commercial land.

Their proposal is yet to be considered by Shropshire Council, and earlier this year its leader Peter Nutting suggested it would be rejected.

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