Sheffield Chamber welcomes Ikea decision

20th June 2014

Commenting on proposals for a new Ikea store in Sheffield being recommended for planning approval, Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber, said: -We welcome this decision.

I do think this is good for the Sheffield City Region and will help retain wealth in the city and attract even more from outside. "We are well aware of the traffic issues at Junction 34 of the M1, but have always argued they cannot be resolved by refusing planning. At some stage we are going to have to tackle the problems caused by two lanes on the motorway and poor junction design. "There seems to be a marked increase in developments in the city with NEXT, Ikea, St Pauls 3, the University engineering building, the Future Factory and the New Retail Quarter. These can only be good for the long-term and just the sort of thing we need."

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