Could Ikea Come To Sussex By 2019?
The arrival of major Swedish furniture shop, Ikea, has come a step closer after Albion have signed a deal with an upscale housing developer. Alongside the addition of a new Ikea will be 600 homes, 30% of which are promised to be affordable.
600 new homes have been agreed to be built with New Monks Farm and CALA Homes on New Monks Farm in Lancing. The next stage in realising these developments is to submit the planning application for the £170 million project.
According to reports, talks have been taking place with CALA, (a company which describes itself as the “most upmarket major housebuilder”), for months.
With five Sussex sites already under the firm’s belt including ones in: Angmering, Chichester, Crawley Down, Wivelsfield and Midhurst, CALA are familiar with the area.
Bringing an Ikea to the area would mean an influx of job opportunities, providing more than 1,000 new full and part-time jobs for food workers, interior designers, sales people and customer service staff. Not only will the superstore bring more jobs to the area but it’s thought that it will contribute £11 million to the local economy and bring £40 million worth of traffic improvements to the area.
The potential Ikea would be 35,000sqm and will include a restaurant, creche and children’s play area.