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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 September, 2003, 10:08 GMT 11:08 UK
Ikea plan at a standstill
An Ikea store
The Ikea store could create about 600 new jobs for the area
Plans to bring an Ikea superstore and hundreds of new jobs to Northampton are facing further delays and objections.

The furniture company applied to build a 30,500-square-metre store on the edge of the town at Grange Park in September 2002.

But the scheme, which would create about 600 jobs, is still going through the planning process and is facing objections from residents and neighbouring local councils.

They fear the store will generate an unacceptable level of traffic and affect trade in nearby town centres.

More opposition

South Northamptonshire Council is the local authority which is considering the application from Ikea.

A spokeswoman for the council said it was still waiting for further information from Northamptonshire County Council about potential traffic levels as well as further details about the scheme from Ikea.

However, even when the plans get to a planning committee for a decision, Ikea will face opposition from Northampton Borough Council.

In a statement, the borough council said it would meet on Wednesday to finalise its objections.

It said these would include the affect on the "vitality of the town" and the high flow of traffic to and from the store.

The council added it hoped the Ikea plan would be decided at a public inquiry.


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