Roads scrutiny as council nears IKEA scheme verdict

A council verdict on a proposed IKEA store for the east end of Sheffield is expected next month.

Councillors are under strong public pressure to approve an application for a £60m development by the Swedish furniture and home furnishings company off Sheffield Road, near Meadowhall retail park.

The key issue is thought to be traffic - how junctions 34 of the M1 and surrounding roads would be able to cope at peak times, and the implications for air pollution. The store would have a 1,000 space car park.

Talks with IKEA representatives are continuing. The Government’s Highways Agency, responsible for the M1, has withdrawn its objection.

The council, also being pressed by the local business community and opposition Liberal Democrats to find ways of overcoming the obstacles, is aiming to give an overall verdict next month.

The earliest is April 1, then April 22. A report will be prepared by officers addressing all issues, including impact on city centre shops.