Star opinion: Ikea is worth the wait

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It has taken a while but the Ikea store planned for the old Tinsley Wire factory site in Tinsley has finally been given the go-ahead.

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles, who had the final say on the £60m scheme, said he was satisfied with the decision of Sheffield Council to allow an Ikea store to be built.

The store was approved by the council’s planning committee in June, more than a year after the original application for planning permission was submitted in May 2013.

But there was a further delay of over a month as Mr Pickles considered whether to ‘call in’ the decision for further assessment.

At last, the project got the thumbs-up and the store is expected to create 400 full-time and part-time jobs once open, along with hundreds of construction jobs.

There have been strong arguments both for and against an Ikea store being built in that part of Sheffield.

The length of time it has taken to get a final decision should ensure that all aspects on the planning process have been looked at in detail.

Now that Mr Pickles has had his say let’s hope it is the start of Sheffield beginning to punch at its weight in attracting national attention.