Sheffield Ikea boss ‘pleased’ at report

Artist's impression of  Ikea's Meadowhall outlet.
Artist's impression of Ikea's Meadowhall outlet.
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The project manager behind plans for an Ikea in Sheffield said he is ‘hopeful’ the plans will finally be passed.

Sheffield Council planners have recommended the £60m proposal for the old Tinsley Wire site in Carbrook goes ahead next Tuesday - a move welcomed by shoppers.

Ian Nicholson, project manager for Ikea Sheffield, said today: ““We are pleased that the Sheffield Council planning officer has recommended our scheme for approval.

“We have been working closely with the Council to enable them to support our application to bring IKEA to Sheffield and are hopeful of a positive outcome at next week’s planning committee meeting.”

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

Council planning officers say the benefits to the local economy, the creation of 700 jobs and extra visitors outweigh pollution, traffic congestion and a ‘marginal detriment impact’ on the city centre.