Government backs New Monks Farm decision

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Ikea logo

Plans to build 600 homes and an IKEA superstore in Lancing have received a boost after the government confirmed it will not be reviewing the scheme.

Adur District Council's planning committee approved the proposal for New Monks Farm in October 2018 subject to it being referred to the Secretary of State for Communities.

The council has received notification from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government it would not be called in - meaning the decision to approve the application stands.

After seven months of waiting, I very much welcome this decision from the government which gives certainty to the developer while also providing a massive shot in the arm for our local economy.

This application was one of the largest ever in Adur's history promising an investment of more than £150m and the creation of hundreds of homes and jobs, along with community space, in our area.

Neil ParkinLeader, Adur District Council

Thirty per cent of the homes will be affordable and 108 families from Adur's housing waiting list will get the chance to move to the new development.

Plans also include the provision of a new roundabout on the A27, a country park, land for a school and a community hub.

It will also see the relocation and expansion of the Withy Patch Gypsy and Traveller site.

Ikea profits hit by investments

Ikea warehouse

Ikea Group's operating profit - that's profit from core operations - fell 26% to €2.25bn (£2bn) in the 12 months to the end of August.

The privately-held group has been transforming operations, spending more on e-commerce and opening a few inner-city outlets, which it calls Planning Studios.

Ikea's total sales, which also include rental income at its shopping centres business, were up 2% to €37bn.

Parking restrictions to come into force around Exeter Ikea

Ed Oldfield

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Parking restrictions are due to come into force around Exeter's IKEA store after complaints from residents about shoppers leaving cars in local roads.

Councillors approved a series of double yellow lines on the main roads - as well as side road junctions.

Parking restrictions approved near Exeter IKEA
Devon County Council
Parking restrictions approved near Exeter IKEA

The parking restrictions will come into force in:

  • Newcourt Way
  • IKEA Way
  • River Plate Road
  • Liberty Way
  • Omaha Drive
  • Blakeslee Drive
  • Batavia Drive
  • Sand Grove
  • Albatross Road
  • Jutland Way
  • Robert Davy Road
  • Resolution Road
  • Somerville Crescent

The "no waiting at any time" restriction around junctions is designed to avoid problems cause by IKEA customers and match-day visitors to Exeter Chiefs at the nearby Sandy Park stadium.

Councillors on Devon County Council's Exeter highways committee were told: "The proposal is for restrictions to protect the junctions where parking should not take place as per the highway code.

"Residents are to be consulted about a residents parking scheme which may further tackle IKEA and matchday parking."