Prodrive's development plans for a Formula One-spec factory in Warwickshire have gained the approval of the local council tonight, autosport.com has learned.
The Warwick District Council voted unanimously in favour of Prodrive's application for a new state-of-the-art facility, which will include new offices, design studios, R&D laboratories and a conference centre.
"We're delighted with the decision, particularly as it was unanimous," a Prodrive spokesman told autosport.com. "They listened to everything and said 'we recommend it'."
The council's approval is not the final hurdle for Prodrive, however. The plans will now be passed on to the office of Ruth Kelly, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
This is because the application is regarded as a 'departure from the development plan', with the factory is being built on green belt land.
Kelly's office would then either defer to the council's decision or require a public enquiry to determine whether the plans should be approved or not.
A decision by Kelly is expected to be made within 28 days.