OPINION: IKEA decision is correct

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The announcement that Ikea has won unanimous council approval to open a store in Sheffield is good for the city.

For too long there has been the impression – rightly or wrongly – that Sheffield is closed.

But, with the decision taken earlier this week, the signs are that the city is well and truly open for business.

Of course there are concerns about such a major project, particularly with regards to the extra traffic in that part of Sheffield and the resultant health concerns.

However, The Star believes the benefits to employment and the economy – including up to 400 jobs in store, 80 associated posts, and 200 more during construction – outweighed the negatives.

It was indicated the store could be a reality by 2016.

But the plans must now go to the Secretary of State for approval, and Ikea says it is ‘too early’ to say when building work will start.

It’s likely more needs to be done in committee rooms first.

Passions are high on both sides of the argument and the planning process must go through the correct procedures. Slowly but surely, though, Sheffield is sending out the right message for investment into the city.