Decision over Ikea store in Sheffield is delayed again

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A decision on plans for a new Ikea store in Sheffield has been delayed.

Officials at Sheffield Council are still assessing the implications of a store on the old Tinsley Wire site, off Sheffield Road.

The store proposal was expected to go before the council’s planning committee this month, but a decision has now being put off to next month at the earliest.

Two main hurdles for the application are how surrounding roads would cope with the increase in traffic at peak times and the risk of worsening air pollution in a part of Sheffield where levels exceed European limits.

Meadowhall is objecting to the scheme on traffic grounds, and Barker’s Pool department store John Lewis claims it will draw trade away from the city centre.