Car maker Mini is to open a purpose-built showroom, workshops and parts store in Tamworth – creating 22 new jobs for the town.
The plans for the showroom and service area at Kinson Drive, Cardinal Point, part of the Ventura Park Employment Area, were given the go-ahead by Tamworth Borough Council’s Planning Committee on Tuesday night, by a unanimous vote in favour of the development.
The two-level building will house a Mini dealership, including a showroom, MOT facility, service workshop with six service bays and parts store.
The opening of the dealership will create a total of 22 jobs, 20 full-time and two part-time, providing a valuable boost to the Tamworth economy.
The go-ahead for the Mini garage comes just six weeks after the planning committee gave unanimous approval for a luxury BMW dealership on the neighbouring site, which will create a total of 93 new jobs.
Members of the planning committee were united in their support for the development. They agreed that the showroom plan fits in well with the existing prestige car showrooms in the vicinity, complements the new BMW site and will help to enhance Tamworth’s attractiveness as a destination for investment, helping to improve and strengthen the local economy.
Rob Mitchell, Tamworth Borough Council’s Director of Communities, Planning & Partnerships, said: “The development of the new Mini showroom will be a big asset to the borough’s economy and is yet another sign of the confidence there is in Tamworth as a place to do invest and do business.”
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