Swansea-based developer Hygrove Holdings has got the green light for the first phase of a £40m retail, residential and leisure scheme in Pontarddulais in south Wales.

The scheme, on a 15 acre site surrounding the town’s main thoroughfare, St Teilo, will be anchored by a new 45,000 sq ft Tesco store.

It will also include the development of 49 new homes by Coastal Housing Group.

The site is the former Western Power/Swalec depot, and the developer hopes it will create a new retail focus for Pontarddulais.

Councillor John Miles, county councillor for Pontarddulais, said: ‘At a time when we are under severe economic pressure and when significant numbers of jobs continue to be lost, the St Teilo development will also create much-needed new employment.’

Baden Evans, operations director of Hygrove Holdings, said construction work would begin this spring following extensive groundworks.

Architectural and planning advice was provided by Boyes Rees Architects, Cardiff. Director Graham David said: ‘Delivering new retail and residential solutions to the problems being encountered by our town centres in South Wales has to be a major priority.

‘It will continue to take the foresight and ambition of private developers and the support of the public sector and planning agencies to ensure major projects, such as this one for Pontarddulais get off the ground.’