Car firm Sinclair Group to create 60 jobs in Swansea
A MAJOR recruitment drive could soon start in Swansea after plans for a city car dealership were given the green light.
The Sinclair Group is looking to build a Volkswagen franchise dealership, along with workshop and offices, in SA1's Langdon Road next to its existing Mercedes and Audi garages, which were built in 2004.
Those existing dealerships already employ 120 people.
It is anticipated the Volkswagen dealership will create around 60 new jobs.
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Earlier this year Jonathan Sinclair, director of the Sinclair Group, confirmed the business was hoping to have the VW dealership built and trading by the first quarter of next year.
At the time he said: "Regardless of the economic climate, the growth of the business globally determines what we do on a local level."
Councillors yesterday voted to approve development of the site, which will involve relocating the Sinclair group's existing VW operation from Gorseinon to Swansea.
The Sinclair Group introduced a Seat franchise to its business in Gorseinon Road, Penllergaer, in January.
This will remain, with a second franchise being introduced to the site. The majority of staff will remain in Gorseinon, with a select few being transferred to the Swansea operation.
The ground floor of the new building in Langdon Road would be made up of a workshop, stores and valet bays accessed from the rear of the building, as well as a front of house reception and sales and office areas.
The application site is allocated for employment land use to meet the growth needs of the local economy under the Unitary Development Plan.
Documents presented to councillors considering the application recommended it for approval and stated: "Given the existing neighbourhood context of a hotel, builders merchant and two adjacent high end motor dealerships, it is however considered that the proposal amounts to a logical completion of this southern stretch of frontage to Langdon Road."
The documents also suggest the Sinclair development would become a significant enhancement to the vacant area of land.