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Eric Pickles delays final ruling on Sheffield Ikea proposals

artist's impression of planned new Ikea store on Sheffield Road, Tinsley, Sheffield, next to Meadowhall Retail Park.

artist's impression of planned new Ikea store on Sheffield Road, Tinsley, Sheffield, next to Meadowhall Retail Park.

Final approval for Sheffield’s new Ikea store has been delayed after the Government said it needed more time to consider the plans.

Permission was granted for the £60m store in Tinsley by Sheffield Council’s planning committee last month.

But Eric Pickles, secretary of state for the Department of Communities and Local Government, has the final say on the scheme and his department has now said a ‘further period’ is required to assess the plans.

In a letter to Sheffield Council, Sara Lewis, planning casework manager for the Department of Communities and Local Government, said: “The matter will be dealt with as quickly as possible.”

The store is expected to create 400 full-time and part-time jobs once open, along with hundreds of construction jobs.

But concerns have been raised about the extra air pollution it will cause.

 

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