The justification for the redevelopment
is that it will create 3000 jobs in the advanced manufacturing sector.
However when one looks at the employment density in automotive
manufacturing the average is approximately 6.75 employees per acre, or
140 jobs on the (almost) 21 acre phase 1 site. Common sense would
suggest that it would be prudent to protect a site with 150 jobs and
provide the opportunity to create an additional 118 jobs on a slightly
reduced development of 18 acres.
the proposed development is too fragmented to create a large manufacturing facility,
the following assumptions can be made to estimate the number of jobs that could be supported in an
automotive manufacturing cluster;
- Assume a contiguous 50 acre site.
- Use the published data
below from the major manufacturers, (their suppliers will use similarly
automated processes and require similar working and warehousing
||Site Area (acres)
It appears that some 337 jobs may
be created on the entire RIS over the next 15 years, or 140 jobs during
One of the stated aims of the Area Action Plan is to improve the
employment opportunities of the local population, which the Council
'Worklessness in the AAP area is persistently high
with significant numbers of people experiencing long-term unemployment.
Nearly half the population in Aston, Newtown and Lozells lack any form of
recognised educational qualifications'
Research by the University of Westminster and the Federation of Small
Businesses (for full details please click
finds that micro and small
businesses (such as those on Concentric Park) account for 49% of total
employment and employ a far higher proportion of those previously unemployed and
those with lower educational achievements than larger companies.
This would therefore lead to a net loss of jobs for those in the immediate
locality who benefit from the job opportunities already provided if
Concentric Park were to be cleared.