Greenwich Ikea plans 'on hold' after government intervention

News Shopper: Ikea Greenwich plans 'on hold' after government intervention Ikea Greenwich plans 'on hold' after government intervention

Fans of flat-packed Swedish furniture could face disappointment after plans for a Greenwich Ikea were put on hold by the government.

The furniture giant's outline plans to demolish Sainsbury's at Bugbys Way and replace it with a brand new store were approved by a Greenwich Council planning board.

But the idea has prompted opposition, with residents' groups, councillors and others writing to Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, requesting a public inquiry.

Sarah Howard from the No Ikea Greenwich group said: "On Wednesday this week we received notice from the National Planning Casework Unit that an Article 25 "holding order" has been issued which stops Greenwich Council issuing planning approval until the Secretary of State has reviewed this case."

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She said: "It's a massive victory. They wouldn't normally do that and it means the whole planning process has ground to a halt."

The group say the store will cause increased traffic congestion and pollution, while objections have also been raised about knocking down the Sainsbury's - a pioneering eco-store.

Ms Howard said she was also disappointed that a meeting held to discuss the plans this week by Greenwich Millennium Village residents was reportedly snubbed by Ikea.

She said: "They failed to turn up without any explanation. Ikea has also said that it would make contact with campaigners against the store, but there has been contact so far."

Deputy property manager for Ikea UK Steve Pettyfer said: "We are aware that the Department for Communities and Local Government is reviewing our proposal for Greenwich application, as is customary with plans of this size.

"We are continuing to work with all stakeholders and the local community as we move towards the next stage in the planning application process to ensure our final plans represent the most appropriate IKEA store for the Greenwich community."

He added: "We were pleased to be invited to attend the Greenwich Millennium Village Association residents' meeting on May 21 to share our plans for the Greenwich store.

"Unfortunately, due to a personal matter, our representative was unable to attend and prior to the meeting contacted the association secretary to pass on his apologies and arrange to attend the next residentsメ meeting."

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7:32pm Fri 23 May 14

Major Boredom says...

This intervention is regrettable. This is not Fizer and AstraZeneca. This part of Greenwich has a lot of poor inhabitants and 400 jobs is not to be sniffed at. I live in Westcombe Park, which is on the doorstep of the proposed development and accept that there will inevitably be more traffic at certain times and on the weekends.
This intervention is regrettable. This is not Fizer and AstraZeneca. This part of Greenwich has a lot of poor inhabitants and 400 jobs is not to be sniffed at. I live in Westcombe Park, which is on the doorstep of the proposed development and accept that there will inevitably be more traffic at certain times and on the weekends. Major Boredom
  • Score: 0

7:46pm Fri 23 May 14

GMV_resident says...

Worth noting that the resident at GMV were asked if they formally wanted to support the NO TO IKEA campaign. The residents voted against this. If IKEA doesn't open on the site another major retailer (or two) will. Not to mention the three new units on the old Matalan site, new Sainsbury's, M&S, etc. The issue is really around the lack of planning by Greenwich council and TFL on traffic issues.
Worth noting that the resident at GMV were asked if they formally wanted to support the NO TO IKEA campaign. The residents voted against this. If IKEA doesn't open on the site another major retailer (or two) will. Not to mention the three new units on the old Matalan site, new Sainsbury's, M&S, etc. The issue is really around the lack of planning by Greenwich council and TFL on traffic issues. GMV_resident
  • Score: 8

8:36pm Fri 23 May 14

RightSaidFrank says...

What about those local people who don't object to IKEA coming to Greenwich. Don't they have a voice too?
What about those local people who don't object to IKEA coming to Greenwich. Don't they have a voice too? RightSaidFrank
  • Score: 0

8:34am Sat 24 May 14

Simon bald says...

I like ikea and this will save me the £4 to go to lakeside
I like ikea and this will save me the £4 to go to lakeside Simon bald
  • Score: -11

12:03am Sun 25 May 14

Jim198 says...

Don't be afraid of change. This could benefit so many.
Don't be afraid of change. This could benefit so many. Jim198
  • Score: -10

12:19pm Sun 25 May 14

ms day says...

your children shall need to wear pollution masks soon to walk around charlton 6 new superstores going on mataland site and ajoining land plus a ikea no thanks .greenwich council do not care for people just profit .this plan was given approval by labour and conservative councillors idiots
your children shall need to wear pollution masks soon to walk around charlton 6 new superstores going on mataland site and ajoining land plus a ikea no thanks .greenwich council do not care for people just profit .this plan was given approval by labour and conservative councillors idiots ms day
  • Score: 12

2:09pm Sun 25 May 14

tellmethisdoesn'twork says...

Over-priced...over-r
ated pap!

Only went to one store out of curiousity...like I said
Over-priced...over-r
ated pap!

Why doesn't the Council give more support to the traditional, local stores and not the greedy chains???
Why?..I'll tell you why...

They're in the hands of the chains
Over-priced...over-r ated pap! Only went to one store out of curiousity...like I said Over-priced...over-r ated pap! Why doesn't the Council give more support to the traditional, local stores and not the greedy chains??? Why?..I'll tell you why... They're in the hands of the chains tellmethisdoesn'twork
  • Score: 8

3:05pm Sun 25 May 14

ms day says...

ms day wrote:
your children shall need to wear pollution masks soon to walk around charlton 6 new superstores going on mataland site and ajoining land plus a ikea no thanks .greenwich council do not care for people just profit .this plan was given approval by labour and conservative councillors idiots
sorry labour only granted approval conservative councillors objected
[quote][p][bold]ms day[/bold] wrote: your children shall need to wear pollution masks soon to walk around charlton 6 new superstores going on mataland site and ajoining land plus a ikea no thanks .greenwich council do not care for people just profit .this plan was given approval by labour and conservative councillors idiots[/p][/quote]sorry labour only granted approval conservative councillors objected ms day
  • Score: 9

12:30pm Tue 27 May 14

SELondon says...

Job creation is important. But another retailer on the site will STILL create jobs, without encouraging up to two million extra cars to Greenwich every year!
Job creation is important. But another retailer on the site will STILL create jobs, without encouraging up to two million extra cars to Greenwich every year! SELondon
  • Score: 10

1:09pm Thu 29 May 14

kogeros says...

really annoying, again a few people block investment that benefits majority
really annoying, again a few people block investment that benefits majority kogeros
  • Score: -9

1:09pm Thu 29 May 14

kogeros says...

really annoying, few people block a scheme that would bring jobs and benefit majority!!!
really annoying, few people block a scheme that would bring jobs and benefit majority!!! kogeros
  • Score: -11

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