Ikea ruling wait goes on

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles

The wait for final approval for Sheffield’s new Ikea store is continuing – over a month after the Government said it needed more time to consider the plans.

Permission was granted for the £60m store in Tinsley in June by Sheffield Council’s planning committee, more than a year after the proposals were originally submitted in May 2013.

Councillors on the planning committee unanimously approved the plan.

But Eric Pickles, secretary of state for the Department of Communities and Local Government, has the final say on the scheme.

His department told Sheffield Council in mid-July that it would require a ‘further period’ to assess the plans but the matter would be ‘dealt with as quickly as possible’. When contacted by The Star at the time, a spokesman for the department said they wouldn’t be commenting any further.

But no decision has yet been officially confirmed on approval for the store.

The shop is expected to create 400 full-time and part-time jobs once open, along with hundreds of construction jobs.

But concerns have been raised about the extra air pollution it will cause. Director of Public Health Jeremy Wight said the plan would ‘undoubtedly’ cause more illness in the area if it went ahead.

If approved the store will be built on the site of the old Tinsley Wire factory, off Sheffield Road.

It is hoped the new Ikea could be open by 2016.