Meadowhall will drop its objection to an Ikea in Sheffield if changes are made to roads near the proposed site – and has even offered to pay for some of the work itself.
The home furnishings giant wants to build a £60 million store on the old Tinsley Wire site, off Sheffield Road in Carbrook.
Meadowhall’s owner MSC Property first expressed concern over the scheme last August on traffic grounds and the shopping centre has opposed the development ever since – despite Ikea carrying out fresh transport studies and the Highways Agency offering no objection.
But in a letter to Sheffield Council, Mark Underwood, of MSC’s agent Deloitte, said its concerns would be ‘removed’ if a highways condition was added to planning permission.
Meadowhall wants to see a new layout at the Sheffield Road and Vulcan Road roundabout and an extra lane added in both directions between the roundabout and the M1 motorway’s junction 34 south.
Mr Underwood said the ‘planning obligation or condition’ should ‘prevent occupation of the Ikea store until the improvements are carried out, or within an alternative timeframe’.
He added: “Should the proposed junction improvement be secured in this way, this would remove MSC’s highway objection.
“While the adverse impact on the junction arises as a direct result of Ikea’s proposal, MSC recognises any improvement is likely to have benefits to the movement of traffic into Meadowhall.
“Accordingly, MSC would be prepared in principle to contribute to the cost of the works.”
Sheffield department store John Lewis has also objected, claiming an Ikea would draw trade away from the city centre.
But the Swedish furniture company says the store would create 700 jobs, and has pledged to spend £400,000 on measures to cut air pollution.
A Sheffield Council planning committee verdict is expected next month.