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THE PROPOSED NEW ROLLS-ROYCE MAUFACTURING PLANT AND HEAD OFFICE AT GOODWOOD
16 May 2001

On Friday 11 May the planning sub-committee of Chichester District Council voted by 14 to 1 in favour to recommend to the full planning committee meeting on 22 May 2001 to support the proposal. However apart from the full planning committee decision the DETR has also to be consulted and despite a general election in the offing it is hoped that the government will 'fast-track' the decision process as they have promised.

The sub-committee councillors voted to accept a report that said that the economic benefits to Chichester and a wider area of West Sussex out-weighed any potential harm to the countryside. It is expected that the proposal would create a great deal of business locally in the construction phase and the ongoing boost to the local economy would be around 14.7 million per year. This figure rises to 24.4 million if the multiplier effect is taken into account (including spending on goods and services by the company and its employees locally). Critics of the scheme were allowed to address a special meeting of the council's development control committee before the vote was taken.

Ted Meachem - Secretary