VIDEO: Shoppers welcome nod for Sheffield Ikea go ahead

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Happy shoppers have welcomed the news that Ikea’s plans for a store in Sheffield are set to be approved.

Residents spoke after a report to planners next Tuesday recommended the £60m proposal for the old Tinsley Wire site in Carbrook goes ahead.

Artist's impression of  Ikea's Meadowhall outlet.

Artist's impression of Ikea's Meadowhall outlet.

Mum Vanessa Toone, of Pitsmoor, told The Star: “I don’t drive so I get to go to Ikea when somebody takes me, and its a great budget shop when you are a family on a short income.

“I’ve been living in Sheffield ten years and there were whispers of it then, I was looking forward to it as we were moving in.”

Woodthorpe mum Nicola Wood, aged 23, said: “To go down to Nottingham for the nearest one is a bit far, especially when I have got a little one.”

And student Shanice Bailey, aged 21, added: “When I moved into my student house this year it cost £60 to have everything delivered from the nearest Ikea.”

A dedicated planning and highways meeting is being held at 10am on Tuesday morning to discuss the plans.

Benefits to the local economy, the creation of 700 jobs and extra visitors are found to outweigh pollution, traffic congestion and a ‘marginal detriment impact’ on the city centre in reports.

Coun Colin Ross, leader of Sheffield’s Liberal Democrats, said:“I’m delighted that after a year of dragging their feet, city planners have finally seen sense and backed jobs for Sheffield.

“As the economy continues growing we need to send a strong message that Sheffield is open for investment.”