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Fresh concerns over new Ikea store in Sheffield

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Plans for a new Ikea store in Sheffield are still being fought by Meadowhall - despite solutions being found to potential traffic congestion threatening the scheme.

MSC Property Holdings, the joint venture between British Land and Norge Bank which owns the shopping centre, says it still has ‘significant concerns’ over proposals to build the £60 million store off Sheffield Road, Carbrook.

Last month the results of a new transport assessment were submitted to the council, with consultants SBA claiming the development would have ‘minimal impact on the performance of the local transport network’.

A meeting was due to take place today between MSC Property, SBA and the Swedish furniture chain to discuss the objections.

There are worries that traffic heading to and from the store would worsen jams around the busy nearby junction 34 of the M1.

In a letter to the council, Mark Underwood, from Meadowhall’s agent Deloitte, said: “MSC property still has significant concerns with the transport modelling and the resultant impact on the road network.

“Following this meeting, formal representations will be submitted to Sheffield City Council.”

Mr Underwood previously said the initial traffic assessment was ‘incomplete’, and did not include estimated traffic on Saturdays - a peak day for Meadowhall.

John Lewis also submitted an objection to the scheme during the summer.

The department store fears an IKEA alongside a large Next Home and Garden, given the green light in July, will take more trade away from an already ‘vulnerable’ city centre.

Ian Nicholson, Ikea’s Sheffield project manager, said: “As part of the planning process, other retailers and stakeholders are invited to offer comments and representations on applications.”

The council will decide whether to grant planning permission early next year.

 

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