Sheffield will get a new Ikea store - after the long-awaited application passed its final hurdle today.
Secretary of State for Department of Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles, who has the final say on the £60m scheme, has said he is satisfied with the decision of Sheffield Council to let it go ahead.
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The store in Tinsley was approved by the council’s planning committee in June.
The final go-ahead for the store was delayed for over a month as Mr Pickles considered whether to ‘call in’ the decision for further assessment.
But in a letter sent to Sheffield Council today, Sara Lewis, planning casework manager for the Department of Communities and Local Government, said: “The Secretary of State has decided not to call in this application.”
The store is expected to create 400 full-time and part-time jobs once open, along with hundreds of construction jobs.
Concerns had been raised about the extra air pollution it will cause.
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