Planners have approved the development of a 35,000 sq ft car dealership to represent Volkswagen at Matford Green Business Park, Exeter.

The flagship showroom and workshop will be located at the entrance to the new Business Park, fronting Bad Homburg Way and opposite the Jaguar & BMW showrooms.

It will be the first building on the Business Park, where planning consent exists for up to 500,000 sq ft of employment space and 30,000 sq ft for a public house, restaurant and retail facilities to meet the needs of this substantial employment base of Matford and Marsh Barton. Property consultants Alder King and Colliers International are marketing the site.

The Business Park is expected to generate in excess of 2,000 jobs.

Paul Withers of Eagle One commented: “The granting of planning consent is excellent news and we are now progressing with infrastructure works to open up access into the site.

“We have strong interest in other plots from a range of occupiers, in particular from the motor trade sector from operators who are keen to secure the high profile opportunities to relocate and upgrade existing dealership facilities”.

Will Jolly from Colliers International said: “The Matford Green site is already base for one of the largest concentrations of dealerships in the south west and looks set to grow as a major regional destination over the new few years.”