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Westcountry set for first Ikea store as plans approved in Exeter

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 21, 2014

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The first Ikea store in the Westcountry is set to be built in Exeter.

Councillors backed a recommendation to approve plans for the store – the closest outlet is currently in Bristol - at a meeting of the city council’s planning committee on Monday evening.

Exeter’s Ikea is expected to have an annual turnover of £52m by 2018, with an average of £1m going through its tills every week.

The store would create 380 new jobs – the equivalent of 256 full time posts.

The scale of the jobs created could lead to a 20% reduction in the number of people looking for work in the city.

The report, drawn up by planning officers with information supplied by Ikea, claims that the store would have a major impact on the whole economy of Exeter.

It estimates the benefit to the city centre, through people travelling into Exeter having visited the store, could be as much as £19.5m.

The proposed store – which is expected to divert around £14m of trade from Ikea’s Bristol store – is expected to generate an additional 390,000 annually trips into the city centre.

Following the approval Cllr Rachel Sutton said: "I think it is an exciting opportunity for the city.

“I know better than most the amount of time that has gone in. There are a number of reasonable concerns raised around the transport links but a lot raised have been addressed."

The development which would be built on land off the A379 between Exeter Chiefs home Sandy Park and Newcourt Way, also includes plans for up to 220 new homes, which have been approved unanimously.

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  • hstmtu4000  |  January 22 2014, 11:35PM

    This reasoned analysis from Neil Gallacher BBC South West Business Correspondent http://tinyurl.com/q9fkhe7 Quote "This can be read as the latest chapter in a tale of two cities: Exeter and Plymouth. Eyebrows were raised when Exeter started branding itself The Regional Capital. But for shopping that claim looks increasingly credible. Exeter became home to the first John Lewis in Devon or Cornwall in 2012. Now it's Ikea, and Plymouth wanted both of those stores first. Exeter's economy has grown up around shops and offices. Ever since the cathedral was built, Exeter has been the dominant administrative centre. Where Exeter can't match Plymouth is manufacturing and engineering. Exeter's coup will resonate, even among shoppers in West Cornwall. If you live in Penzance, then as the crow flies your nearest Ikea is currently in Brittany." Say no more.

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  • Ben157  |  January 22 2014, 7:03AM

    Democracy is a fallacy, if you speak your mind about the Government or local Councillors it gets removed you say something they do not like about their action it gets removed, where's the freedom of speech, the democratic right to tell it as it is, the whole concept of Britain being a democracy and having men fight for it is a total fallacy

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  • Paulie82  |  January 22 2014, 4:27AM

    Last time I checked Bristol was in the Westcountry or has something changed and I missed it?

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  • plympaul  |  January 22 2014, 2:04AM

    should have this in plymouth as we are 10 times bigger size then exeter!!

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  • MarjProops  |  January 21 2014, 11:12PM

    It seem there is a fundamental lack of understanding in basic economics the further west you go. Cornwall strategic planning committee take note, you could learn a lot from the boys in Exeter. Particularly when it comes to investment and job creation.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  January 21 2014, 9:11PM

    Did a Truro based Cornwall Councillor go to the planning meeting in Exeter to grumble about this development robbing trade from Truro?

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  • greasyian  |  January 21 2014, 8:34PM

    its all about transport links and the ability to demonstrate willingness to be a proactive council.ECC is all of these while PCC is not.also Plymouth is practically Cornish and everyone knows the Cornish are thick,you only have to watch the munters on spotlight to see that !

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  • Judesy  |  January 21 2014, 4:41PM

    Following a meeting with John Lewis, it was indicated that PCC were unwelcoming, and purely looking at the financial gain to be made by the council, as opposed to ECC welcoming with open arms, asking what they could do for JL..... Typical PCC looking to feather it's own internal nest and screw anyone who gets in their way!

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  • Judesy  |  January 21 2014, 4:40PM

    Following a meeting with John Lewis, it was indicated that PCC were unwelcoming, and purely looking at the financial gain to be made by the council, as opposed to ECC welcoming with open arms, asking what they could do for JL..... Typical PCC looking to feather it's own internal nest and screw anyone who gets in their way!

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  • Truro_England  |  January 21 2014, 1:18PM

    Until some people in charge at Cornwall Council move out of 17th century and into the 22nd, much needed new developments will continue to be missed out in the county. The very big names in retail/ manufacturing/ services need to be nearer a motorway, of course the nimbies would never allow the A30 to be transformed to an M road. I would love a decent cinema to come to Truro, and a new swimmingpool wouldnt go a miss.

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