Plans for Gloucestershire Porsche garage at Tewkesbury approved

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Written by:   | Posted 25-July-2013 9:46

Plans to create a Porsche car showroom at a key entrance into Tewkesbury have been approved.

The borough council’s planning committee voted unanimously to back Dick Lovett Companies Ltd’s application to build the new dealership on a field next to the M5 motorway.

The development will include a showroom, workshop and secure compound.

It will be created on a corner plot, between Travelodge and communication firm RR Donnelley (RRD), that has been available for development for years.

Nobody from Dick Lovett was available for comment but it is expected that a number of jobs will be created.

Councillors gave the scheme the green light despite serious concerns about it being raised by RRD.

It feared the new dealership could leave its workers with parking problems that could be so bad that it might have to consider leaving its site.

This was because Dick Lovett planned to replace a car park used by RRD with a new parking area.

In a letter to the committee, RRD’s solicitors said: "The consequence of the combined loss of the car park and on-street parking would be far reaching and may result in RRD being requited to seek alternative sites at the end of their current lease in 2015."

The letter added: "RRD requests that the committee take into consideration the impact that the application will have on the 450 employees of the RRD site, many of whom live in the Tewkesbury area."

But agents for Dick Lovett also wrote a letter to the committee, urging members not to concern themselves with the parking issue.

It said this was something for RRD and its landlord to sort out.

The committee approved the application without any debate.

The town council and chamber of commerce had previously backed the proposal, saying they were pleased that Dick Lovett was prepared to invest in Tewkesbury.

The company aims expand its franchised Porsche centres, which sell new and used models of the luxury car.

If the Tewkesbury site becomes reality, it will add to the company’s centres in Swindon, Bristol and Cardiff.

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