Ikea store gets council rubber-stamp

26 June 2014

Plans to build a £60m Ikea store near Meadowhall, which will create hundreds of jobs, have been approved by Sheffield City Council's planning and development committee.

Insider revealed last week (16 June) that the proposals, which were submitted more than a year ago, had been recommended for approval ahead of yesterday's meeting (24 June).

Steve Pettyfer, deputy property manager of IKEA UK & IE, said: "We are delighted that the Sheffield City Council has supported our decision to come to Sheffield.

"It recognises the significant contribution an IKEA store will bring to the local economy and jobs market. We considered the various comments raised by local stakeholders and residents to ensure that our proposals met the needs of both IKEA and the surrounding community. We look forward to the issuing of the planning consent so we can begin working on detailed plans for the development."

The 400,000 sq ft store will be spread over three levels with two trading floors. It will stock the brand's full range of 9,500 home furnishing products.

Tim Hale, chairman of Sheffield Chamber's Transport Forum and chairman of Champion Hire Ltd, added: "Sheffield Chamber has been a supporter of the Ikea application since its inception more than two years ago.

"We recognised there would be significant traffic and highway issues to be dealt with, but felt that it was of vital economic importance to overcome them, rather than to be overcome by them.

"This new abundance of infrastructure and commercial developments in Sheffield is to be welcomed with open arms, they are the shot in the arm the city has needed for years, and we applaud the Council's decision in granting Ikea approval."