INCHCAPE is planning to build a Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Derby’s former Cattle Market if it can get permission from the local city council.
According to the company’s planning application to Derby City Council, the plan is to build a car showroom providing facilities for sales, servicing, repair, MOTs, washing and valeting, vehicle preparation and external vehicle display areas.
If approved, the Hunters Jaguar Land Rover showrooms in Stadium View and Chequers Road will be moved to the former Cattle Market in West Meadows Industrial Estate. A two storey building will be constructed with 5,564m² of internal space and room for 569 cars.
The dealership would require 128 employees at the site, if the application goes through, which would include the creation of 40 new jobs.
Taylor Design Architects Ltd, writing on behalf of Inchcape and JLR, said in the planning application: ‘The design of this prestigious new dealership will combine the premium motor vehicle brands of Jaguar and Land Rover to create a brand new dealership for the Derby area; providing Derby with high quality technical employment opportunities, as well as apprenticeship and training roles for school and college leavers.
‘Hunters JLR Derby will need to employ a wide range of additional staff as part of this investment proposal. All JLR staff are fully trained and hold varying qualifications from service technicians through to accounts/administration, thus providing a diversity of employment opportunities.
‘Proposals have been designed in response to the character of the local area, together with site specific constraints and opportunities. They have also been developed to provide good site and building access in line with the intended use.’
Inchcape bought the former Cattle Market land from Derby City Council in January. Cllr Baggy Shanker, cabinet member for finance and governance, commented: ‘I’m delighted that we have been able to complete the sale of the former market to Inchape.
‘The capital receipt generated from the sale of this site will support the council’s capital programme, a major element of which is the funding of the construction of a new swimming pool at Moorways.’