Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea is set to lodge a planning application to open a new store in Calcot, near Reading.
Ikea is seeking permission to redevelop a number of derelict and rundown retail and leisure units in the Pincents Lane Retail Park in Calcot and aims to provide up to 400 jobs for locals if the plans get the go-ahead.
Motions for the new store were started in September last year, but an extensive consultation process has taken place since in order to comply with West Berkshire District Council requirements.
Over the last few months Ikea has held public exhibitions, outlining to local residents the plans for the store as well as letting the public respond to the proposal. So far more than 700 responses have been filed.
Jack Jackson, Ikea’s project manager for the proposed new store, said the company was delighted to reach the stage of submitting a planning application, following lots of hard work.
“We believe that our application meets all national and local planning guidelines,” he explained.
“We have also shown how Ikea would contribute to the local economy and jobs market in West Berkshire and Reading and we look forward to working with the people of that area in developing and operating our store.”
The new site is proposed to sit just off junction 12 on the M4, and following the public exhibitions the flat pack specialist has worked closely with the local council and the Highways Agency to discuss potential access improvements to the site.
This week’s developments come after Ikea announced last month that its full-year profits for 2010 had risen by six per cent on 2009.