Rolls-Royce chief executive Torsten Müller-Ötvös doesn't want 350 homes built near Chichester headquarters at Goodwood

Rolls-Royce chief executive Torsten Müller-Ötvös

Rolls-Royce chief executive Torsten Müller-Ötvös

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THE BOSS of luxury car-maker Rolls-Royce has strongly opposed a 350-strong housing development that would leave its Goodwood plant “effectively in a housing estate”.

Rolls-Royce chief executive Torsten Müller-Ötvös said the marquee brand’s secluded plant in the Goodwood Estate was the only location capable of meeting its exacting requirements.

Proposals for a major residential development at Westhampnett, near Chichester, would leave Rolls-Royce’s attractive working environment “indistinguishable from any UK urban location”.

Mr Müller-Ötvös said: “This proposal will simply extent the suburban development of Chichester eastwards.

“Rolls-Royce will effectively be located in a housing estate that is indistinguishable from any UK urban location - exactly the situation we sought so hard to avoid.”

He added: “The scale and density of this proposed development... may damage the long-term future of Rolls Royce and its role in the economy.”

The bespoke plant was built in 2003 for around £200 million.

There was initial opposition to the plant and motor circuit – but its profile, sunken into the estate with a grass-topped roof, has become iconic and attracts visitors from around the world.

The Commercial Estates Group, which is behind the development, said it would deliver much-needed new homes and provide Rolls-Royce staff with a convenient place to live.

A decision on the development is pending with Chichester District Council.

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12:15pm Thu 17 Jul 14

bensmiths says...

Should have brought up the surrounding land then, I mean land in England if not an area of outstanding natural beauty and close to a car plant, that is ripe for development.
Should have done his job properly to start with.
Should have brought up the surrounding land then, I mean land in England if not an area of outstanding natural beauty and close to a car plant, that is ripe for development. Should have done his job properly to start with. bensmiths
  • Score: 4

12:36pm Thu 17 Jul 14

The Real Phil says...

Why should the boss of a German car manufacturer have any say in where homes are built for local people?
Why should the boss of a German car manufacturer have any say in where homes are built for local people? The Real Phil
  • Score: 7

12:42pm Thu 17 Jul 14

northernseagull says...

The Real Phil wrote:
Why should the boss of a German car manufacturer have any say in where homes are built for local people?
Because all of the high quality jobs that RR provide are for local people. Jobs or houses, take your pick.
[quote][p][bold]The Real Phil[/bold] wrote: Why should the boss of a German car manufacturer have any say in where homes are built for local people?[/p][/quote]Because all of the high quality jobs that RR provide are for local people. Jobs or houses, take your pick. northernseagull
  • Score: 7

12:58pm Thu 17 Jul 14

kopite_rob says...

Then wait for the new residents to start complaining about the vehicle movements & plant noise from the factory and noise from Goodwood circuit.
Frickin idiots to think of building housing next to a vehicle plant and motor racing circuit, won't mean complaints and the closure of both sites.
The only losers will be...the vehicle plant and motor racing circuit.

It's happened at Croft, Mallory Park, Rockingham, even Donington Park. Which Ive always found unbelievable considering it's underneath East Midlands airport.I've had many sleepless nights on circuit when the freight planes start taking off at 2am.
Then wait for the new residents to start complaining about the vehicle movements & plant noise from the factory and noise from Goodwood circuit. Frickin idiots to think of building housing next to a vehicle plant and motor racing circuit, won't mean complaints and the closure of both sites. The only losers will be...the vehicle plant and motor racing circuit. It's happened at Croft, Mallory Park, Rockingham, even Donington Park. Which Ive always found unbelievable considering it's underneath East Midlands airport.I've had many sleepless nights on circuit when the freight planes start taking off at 2am. kopite_rob
  • Score: 13

2:08pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

northernseagull wrote:
The Real Phil wrote: Why should the boss of a German car manufacturer have any say in where homes are built for local people?
Because all of the high quality jobs that RR provide are for local people. Jobs or houses, take your pick.
Jobs need housing for workers, remember?

Wait until RR can't recruit staff (I understand they are CURRENTLY having difficulties despite being an overaverage payer) because nobody can afford to live near enough to work there, and then see the Chairman change his tack- I look forward to reading the headline "RR Chairman criticizes local Council for failing to source sufficient housing for workers."
[quote][p][bold]northernseagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Real Phil[/bold] wrote: Why should the boss of a German car manufacturer have any say in where homes are built for local people?[/p][/quote]Because all of the high quality jobs that RR provide are for local people. Jobs or houses, take your pick.[/p][/quote]Jobs need housing for workers, remember? Wait until RR can't recruit staff (I understand they are CURRENTLY having difficulties despite being an overaverage payer) because nobody can afford to live near enough to work there, and then see the Chairman change his tack- I look forward to reading the headline "RR Chairman criticizes local Council for failing to source sufficient housing for workers." Goldenwight
  • Score: -3

5:25pm Thu 17 Jul 14

leftysmellbags says...

Oh my god, thats not one, the scum are breaching the perimeter. Thats just put me off my pims.
Oh my god, thats not one, the scum are breaching the perimeter. Thats just put me off my pims. leftysmellbags
  • Score: 1

8:26pm Thu 17 Jul 14

fredaj says...

Goldenwight wrote:
northernseagull wrote:
The Real Phil wrote: Why should the boss of a German car manufacturer have any say in where homes are built for local people?
Because all of the high quality jobs that RR provide are for local people. Jobs or houses, take your pick.
Jobs need housing for workers, remember?

Wait until RR can't recruit staff (I understand they are CURRENTLY having difficulties despite being an overaverage payer) because nobody can afford to live near enough to work there, and then see the Chairman change his tack- I look forward to reading the headline "RR Chairman criticizes local Council for failing to source sufficient housing for workers."
All engineering companies are struggling to recruit but that is because there are not enough technicians and engineers to go round,

Interesting work and decent wages but kids would rather do "media studies" and then whine they cannot find a suitable job.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]northernseagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Real Phil[/bold] wrote: Why should the boss of a German car manufacturer have any say in where homes are built for local people?[/p][/quote]Because all of the high quality jobs that RR provide are for local people. Jobs or houses, take your pick.[/p][/quote]Jobs need housing for workers, remember? Wait until RR can't recruit staff (I understand they are CURRENTLY having difficulties despite being an overaverage payer) because nobody can afford to live near enough to work there, and then see the Chairman change his tack- I look forward to reading the headline "RR Chairman criticizes local Council for failing to source sufficient housing for workers."[/p][/quote]All engineering companies are struggling to recruit but that is because there are not enough technicians and engineers to go round, Interesting work and decent wages but kids would rather do "media studies" and then whine they cannot find a suitable job. fredaj
  • Score: 6

9:08pm Thu 17 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

bensmiths wrote:
Should have brought up the surrounding land then, I mean land in England if not an area of outstanding natural beauty and close to a car plant, that is ripe for development.
Should have done his job properly to start with.
He had nothing to do with the creation of that plant.
[quote][p][bold]bensmiths[/bold] wrote: Should have brought up the surrounding land then, I mean land in England if not an area of outstanding natural beauty and close to a car plant, that is ripe for development. Should have done his job properly to start with.[/p][/quote]He had nothing to do with the creation of that plant. stevo!!
  • Score: 4

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