Around 3,000 jobs are set to be created at a former Midland colliery site in a major extension to one of the region’s biggest employment success stories.
Developer IM Properties has unveiled plans for a third development phase at the Birch Coppice Business Park, near Tamworth, which will see it double in size.
The former colliery complex, bought from British Coal by IM Properties following the closure of the pit, is set to mushroom in size to employ more than 6,000 workers if the extension is approved.
The new expansion comes less than two years after home delivery firm Ocado agreed to acquire a 35.2 acre site in the Midlands’ biggest commercial property deal of 2010 which will see the online grocer open a £210 million 350,000 sq ft warehouse early next year.
IM Properties development director Kevin Ashfield said: “Birch Coppice has been a tremendous success story for this area and one we are immensely proud of. Companies in the business park already employ more than 3,000 people and this is set to more than double if, as I hope, we gain approval for the proposals.
“We have been in extensive consultation with a number of statutory bodies and would now like to invite residents and businesses to view our proposals and give us their opinions.”
The 35-acre Ocado project marked the second phase of the Birch Coppice regeneration, and the third phase will provide another huge boost to the largest rail-served development site in the West Midlands.
Birch Coppice closed as a colliery in 1987 and employed around 1,000 miners in its heyday. The first phase of the redevelopment, which incorporated the largest UK hub for United Parcel Service, saw 2,500 jobs created.
An outline planning application for the new phase is set to be submitted to North Warwickshire Borough Council next month.
A public exhibition illustrating the proposals will be available for viewing at Dordon Village Hall on June 15 and 16.