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

On Tuesday 22 May Chichester District Council voted by 34 votes in favour and only 6 against to agree with its Planning Committee to approve proposals for the above. The matter will now be referred to the DETR but of course the forthcoming general election will slow down the government's (present or new) decision.

The decision is a very important step towards achieving BMW's goal of establishing the new home for Rolls-Royce motor cars at Goodwood, creating in excess of 350 new jobs and giving a substantial boost to the local economy. This should now mean the new Rolls-Royce motor car will be launched in early 2003.

There is a great deal of work to be carried out at the proposed site, firstly the extraction of gravel and then the building of the complex. Subject to the above, it is hoped that this will commence in/by August 2001.

Fred Fruth - BMW Group: Project Rolls-Royce