IKEA may not receive planning permission in Sheffield – after ‘serious concerns’ were raised by highways officials and the council about the impact of the proposed store.
The Star understands Highways Agency officials and Sheffield Council are worried how junction 34 of the M1 would cope with extra traffic from the store.
Ikea is proposing to build its joint-third largest UK store on the former Tinsley Wire site on Sheffield Road, creating 700 jobs.
But the council is also concerned about the impact the store could have on city centre shops, and projects such as the planned Sevenstone new retail quarter.
Potential impact on the city centre was the reason Next was refused permission for a home and garden store on the opposite side of Sheffield Road from the would-be Ikea site.
Sheffield south east Labour MP Clive Betts, who represents the area, said: “Ikea is going to have to demonstrate its site would not add substantially to congestion.
“There would be some reduction in the numbers of cars going on to the motorway to visit Ikea in Nottingham and Leeds – but the likelihood is there will be a greater number coming into Sheffield.
“There are plans for an underpass beneath junction 34 for traffic heading to Rotherham, which would take some traffic away, but I’m not sure whether that would be enough.”
Mr Betts said other issues had to be resolved including the impact of extra traffic on air pollution.