Government boost for Greenwich Ikea superstore plan

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A bid to halt the construction of a new Ikea superstore in Greenwich appears to have failed after the government decided not to call the project in.

The Swedish furniture giant's plan to demolish the Sainsbury's on Bugsby's Way and replace it with a huge new store has already been given outline approval by Greenwich Council's planning board.

But protestors, who organised a 1,200-signature petition against the development, had hoped Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, would call the decision in.

They claimed the new store would increase traffic congestion and air pollution, while also seeing Sainsbury's - a pioneering example of sustainable construction - knocked down.

However, a letter from the government department has confirmed the decision should be left to Greenwich Council.

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5:57pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Joelo says...

Good. Most local people want this to happen.
Good. Most local people want this to happen. Joelo
  • Score: -7

9:24pm Mon 7 Jul 14

allday says...

If not Ikea, then someone else will occupy the place, what's the difference? Traffic and pollution will be the same, just a different name above the door. Some people just dont like Swedish furniture I guess.
If not Ikea, then someone else will occupy the place, what's the difference? Traffic and pollution will be the same, just a different name above the door. Some people just dont like Swedish furniture I guess. allday
  • Score: -10

1:46pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Greenwich Local says...

No, some people just don't like illegal levels of pollution and constant traffic congestion. Most 'local people', i.e. in East Greenwich, do not want this to happen. The support for this scheme is coming from those who want a shorter drive to an IKEA, yet won't have to put up with the awful traffic and pollution every day.
No, some people just don't like illegal levels of pollution and constant traffic congestion. Most 'local people', i.e. in East Greenwich, do not want this to happen. The support for this scheme is coming from those who want a shorter drive to an IKEA, yet won't have to put up with the awful traffic and pollution every day. Greenwich Local
  • Score: 11

11:27pm Tue 8 Jul 14

allday says...

I dont think I get this one. What's the difference if hundred cars a day go into the car park at sainsbury's or into Ikea's car park?? They dont make any different pollution or do I miss out on something? And, yes of course I would choose the shop closer to home, like everyone else. I don't have money to waste on extra fuel just to go the long way round... If the whole problem is about pollution and traffic then why not flatten the whole site, sow grass and settle cows on there. But hold on - cows produce methane, worse than that what cars produce... I wonder if somebody else for example Curries would wonna build big there, if the protest would be same or is everyone just picking on Ikea? No I am not Swedish and I have no shares in that company, not even a job lol
I dont think I get this one. What's the difference if hundred cars a day go into the car park at sainsbury's or into Ikea's car park?? They dont make any different pollution or do I miss out on something? And, yes of course I would choose the shop closer to home, like everyone else. I don't have money to waste on extra fuel just to go the long way round... If the whole problem is about pollution and traffic then why not flatten the whole site, sow grass and settle cows on there. But hold on - cows produce methane, worse than that what cars produce... I wonder if somebody else for example Curries would wonna build big there, if the protest would be same or is everyone just picking on Ikea? No I am not Swedish and I have no shares in that company, not even a job lol allday
  • Score: -9

12:05pm Thu 10 Jul 14

SELondon says...

If it was as simple as that, there wouldn't be a problem.

Sainsbury's customer base is almost exclusively local (people aren't going to travel to Greenwich if they're closer to the Sainsbury's in Lee, for example) and, if people are picking up a bag of groceries, they can (and do) walk, cycle or get the bus to the store. The same is true of a store like Currys (who also offer free delivery).

By contrast, the Greenwich IKEA store is predicted to attract 2.2 million customers from across the whole of Greater London and Kent. Not only is the customer catchment area significantly larger than for the current Sainsbury's, but IKEA actively encourage customers to drive to the store to take their furniture home with them.

I suggest you visit the Sainsbury's car park on a Saturday afternoon, and then visit IKEA Croydon to compare. If you think that the introduction of an IKEA store will not have a huge impact on traffic congestion in the area, you are very naive.
If it was as simple as that, there wouldn't be a problem. Sainsbury's customer base is almost exclusively local (people aren't going to travel to Greenwich if they're closer to the Sainsbury's in Lee, for example) and, if people are picking up a bag of groceries, they can (and do) walk, cycle or get the bus to the store. The same is true of a store like Currys (who also offer free delivery). By contrast, the Greenwich IKEA store is predicted to attract 2.2 million customers from across the whole of Greater London and Kent. Not only is the customer catchment area significantly larger than for the current Sainsbury's, but IKEA actively encourage customers to drive to the store to take their furniture home with them. I suggest you visit the Sainsbury's car park on a Saturday afternoon, and then visit IKEA Croydon to compare. If you think that the introduction of an IKEA store will not have a huge impact on traffic congestion in the area, you are very naive. SELondon
  • Score: 9

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