Latest delay for Sheffield Ikea store plan

An artist's impression of the Ikea store
An artist's impression of the Ikea store
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A long-awaited decision on plans for an Ikea store in Sheffield has been delayed again.

The home furnishings giant had been told its application would be considered by Sheffield Council planners on Tuesday, June 3.

But the highways and planning agenda for the meeting does not include the £60m proposal for the old Tinsley Wire site off Sheffield Road in Carbrook.

Ikea says the new store would create 700 jobs.

A council spokesman said planners had ‘not got a date’ to discuss the plans but they would confirm as soon as one was available.

The next planning meeting takes place on June 24 and the Swedish furniture company has now been told the plans will be heard on that date.

Ikea Sheffield Project Manager Ian Nicholson said: “We have recently been advised Sheffield Council is now intending to make a decision on whether to recommend our scheme for approval at a planning committee meeting on June 24.

“We await the upcoming meeting and remain hopeful of a positive decision to enable us to bring Ikea’s value for money home furnishings offer to Sheffield.”

Earlier this month Meadowhall said it would drop its objection to the plans Ikea if changes were made to roads near the proposed site – and even offered to pay for some of the work itself.

A letter to council planners said the objection would be ‘removed’ if proposed junction improvements were carried out.

Sheffield department store John Lewis has also objected to the plans, claiming an Ikea would draw trade away from the city centre.