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Ikea gets the go-ahead in Sheffield

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.

 

Sheffield will get a new Ikea store - after the long-awaited application passed its final hurdle today.

Secretary of State for Department of Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles, who has the final say on the £60m scheme, has said he is satisfied with the decision of Sheffield Council to let it go ahead.

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The store in Tinsley was approved by the council’s planning committee in June.

The final go-ahead for the store was delayed for over a month as Mr Pickles considered whether to ‘call in’ the decision for further assessment.

But in a letter sent to Sheffield Council today, Sara Lewis, planning casework manager for the Department of Communities and Local Government, said: “The Secretary of State has decided not to call in this application.”

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

Concerns had been raised about the extra air pollution it will cause.

*Full story in tomorrow’s Star

 

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