CAR manufacturer Volkswagen is planning a massive new luxury showroom and workshop in Exeter.
If given the green light the showroom and workshop will anchor the new Matford Green Business Park which is bounded by Bad Homburg Way and Yeoford Way.
Covering 30,000 square feet the new development will be split into four distinct zones – customer arrival and parking, used car display, workshop parking and staff and new car parking.
It is the first development proposed for the new business park. A spokesman for the city council said: "This is a site on which the city council has previously granted outline planning consent for around 46,000 square metres of employment development.
There has been some initial site infrastructure under way, particularly some level raising to address any flood risk.
"This is the first detailed proposal to come forward here.
"The site and building are both the largest employment space proposal for some time."
Details contained within the planning application which has just been lodged with the city council reveal there will be parking for 268 cars and employment levels will rise by five full time jobs and two part-time when the business relocates from Trusham Road.
Exeter property consultants Alder King and Jones Lang LaSalle who acted for the landowner, said: "Conditional contracts have been exchanged to develop a new 30,000 square feet car dealership to represent Volkswagen at Matford Green Business Park, Exeter.
A detailed planning application has been submitted to the city council.
"Once planning consent is secured, infrastructure works to provide an access into the Business Park from Yeoford Way will commence. This will open up the 27 acre site, which could generate more than 2,000 jobs.
"The building will be the first on the Business Park, where planning consent exists for up to 500,000 square feet of employment space, and 30,000 square feet for a public house, restaurant and retail facilities to meet the needs of the substantial employment base of Matford and Marsh Barton."
Rachel Sutton, Exeter's lead councillor for city development, said: "I very much welcome the interest Volkswagen have shown in developing this new site and look forward to seeing the full details in the planning application."
Matford and Marsh Barton have the largest concentration of car showrooms in the South West, and Matford Green offers further high profile opportunities for new dealerships.