Planning permission granted for a Major New Ikea Store at Holywood Exchange
Published on Thu, 21 Dec 2006
IKEA coming to Northern Ireland
The Secretary of State Peter Hain MP today announced that planning permission is to be granted for a major new IKEA store at the Holywood Exchange.
Some 500 new jobs will be created with the opening of the IKEA store on the outskirts of Belfast which underlines Northern Ireland’s ability to attract inward investment, Peter Hain said.
He said: “This is great news for Northern Ireland. IKEA is a global company and a highly prized international name in retailing and its entry into the Northern Ireland market proves once again we can attract the biggest and the best.
“It will bring significant economic and social benefits, including about 500 new jobs to Northern Ireland.
“The IKEA store will also increase the range and choice of shopping and will enhance the role of Belfast as a regional shopping centre.
“This, coupled with the recent First Source and Citigroup announcements, shows Northern Ireland can still attract major inward investors in an increasingly global competitive market.”
Peter Hain also praised the Planning Service and IKEA for engaging in constructive pre-application discussions on technical issues. He said that by investing time in advance on preparing a quality application and by providing additional information as quickly as possible, IKEA contributed to a timely decision on the planning application.
Notes to Editors
Environment Minister David Cairns today issued a Notice of Opinion to approve the planning application submitted by IKEA.
The application was submitted on 26 May 2006. Additional environmental information and drawings were received on 3 October 2006 and 17 November 2006.
The proposal is acceptable in terms of relevant planning policies.
The proposal is for full planning permission for the erection of a new IKEA 29,000 square metres retail development, made up of the following elements:
- a retail store on 2 levels with ancillary facilities such as a crèche, restaurant, bistro, Swedish shop, support offices, customer service area and goods delivery area.
- a multi-storey car park and surface level car parking, 12 coach parking spaces and a coach drop off / pick up point.
The proposal is supported by Belfast City Council.
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