Sheffield could yet face a long wait for its new Ikea store - despite there being no legal obstacles left in the way of construction starting.
The final go-ahead was given by Secretary of State Eric Pickles seven months ago, legal agreements have been signed and the deadline has now passed for a judicial review of the decision to be launched.
We’re keen to see Ikea start as soon as possible. All legal processes giving the opportunity for challenges to the approval of Ikea have now been exhausted so Ikea are free to begin construction.Coun Leigh Bramall
Sheffield Council says the builders are now able to move on to the site, where the old Tinsley Wire factory stood in Carbrook - but Ikea says it first has to satisfy the raft of conditions recommended by planners, including highways works to deal with increased traffic around junction 34 of the M1, as well as the impact on air quality.
Environmental lawyers and campaigners had vowed to start a judicial review on the basis that the £60 million store would increase pollution in an area where air quality is already poor - but groups have missed the window of time allowed to begin this process.
Council cabinet member Leigh Bramall said: “We’re keen to see Ikea start as soon as possible. All legal processes giving the opportunity for challenges to the approval of Ikea have now been exhausted so Ikea are free to begin construction.”
However, an Ikea spokesperson said: “Unfortunately we don’t yet have any dates pencilled in for construction, as detail designs for the store, as well as the highways works, still need to be developed.”
The company added: “We will continue to work with the council and Highways Agency to develop the designs, which need to be completed before the store can open. At this stage it is still too early to say when the store will open.”