Roads debate delays Sheffield Ikea store decision

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A decision on whether to approve plans for a £60 million Ikea store in Sheffield is set to be delayed into the New Year.

The planning process has stalled while discussions take place about road improvements near the store, proposed for the old Betafence site on Sheffield Road near Meadowhall.

The debate is involving Sheffield Council, Ikea and the Highways Agency, which is responsible for the M1.

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, opposition Liberal Democrat leader on Sheffield Council, said: “We need a quick resolution - securing the 700 jobs on offer should be a priority.”

David Caulfield, Sheffield Council’s director of development services, said: “The area already experiences traffic congestion at busy times so we are working to establish what impact the store will have and how these issues can be dealt with. It’s a complex project that needs to be carefully considered.”