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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 August, 2004, 13:35 GMT 14:35 UK
Ikea plans rejected by Prescott
The government said the Ikea store broke planning rules
Plans to build a new Ikea store in Greater Manchester have been shelved after they were rejected by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

The decision, made after three years and two inquiries, was labelled a "kick in the teeth" by Stockport Council.

The planned store would have created 600 new jobs and was a key part of the council's regeneration plans.

But Mr Prescott said it broke planning policies on out-of-town shopping, public transport and employment.

Stockport Council leader, Councillor Mark Hunter, said the decision was a disgrace, adding: "To make us wait for so long and work so hard only to wave the proverbial two fingers at us at the end shows utter contempt for Stockport and its residents.

'Devastating decision'

"It would be a pleasant surprise for the government, just once, to admit that they got a decision wrong.

"After all, the last time John Prescott rejected this application, we successfully challenged the verdict in court.

"Once we've had a chance to consider the reasoning behind this devastating decision, we may well mount another challenge."

He added: "In the space of a couple of weeks, Stockport has lost Metrolink and now we've lost one of our most important regeneration projects too.

The new store was to be built on Tiviot Way, off the M60.

The council said Ikea had promised major road improvements and pledged to charge for car parking to fund free furniture delivery for customers visiting the store by public transport.

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