Ikea bosses have expressed their joy at final approval being granted for their new Sheffield store - but said they do not yet know when it will open.
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles, who had the final say on the £60 million scheme, said on Wednesday he is satisfied with the decision of Sheffield Council to let Ikea go ahead.
The Swedish store bosses said work can now begin on detailed designs for both the shop and the surrounding road network in Tinsley.
But an Ikea UK and Ireland spokesman said: “At this stage it is still too early to say when the store will open.”
He added: “We are pleased the Secretary of State has supported Sheffield Council’s decision to approve our planning application for a new Ikea store in Sheffield.
“We will now begin working on detailed designs for the store and with the Highways Agency to develop designs for the highways works, which need to be completed before the store can open.”
Planning permission 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 the final go-ahead for the site of the old Tinsley Wire factory, off Sheffield Road, was then delayed for over a month as Mr Pickles considered whether to ‘call in’ the decision for further assessment.
When it does open, the store is expected to create about 400 full-time and part-time jobs.
Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “The store will bring new jobs to the city and we look forward the store opening.”
Star readers have said they hope the Sheffield store will not be subject to the same delays that have faced a similar scheme in Reading, which was granted planning permission in April 2012. There is still no planned opening date after plans were revised, with amended proposals due to go back before Berkshire planners in autumn.
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It is terrific news. Can’t wait to see it getting started - then I’ll be more convinced.
Why has the Government had to decide on this? It should be up to the citizens of Sheffield to decide what is, or is not, built in their city.
Great news, should have welcomed them over 10 years ago. Over 400 jobs much needed in the city.
Hallelujah! Finally the powers that be have used more than one brain cell.
I’m all for it, but are we sure this time? Seem to have heard it all before!
Oh goody - even more traffic round Meadowhell.