Coventry IKEA indicates high street course

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA has won planning permission to build its first high street store.

Last week Coventry City Council's planning committee approved the 24,000m2 scheme on the site of a Co-op shop due to close in January. The council said that the store will help to revitalise the area, although there has been some local opposition to the proposal. The development is designed over four floors and will sit above a 900-space car park.

IKEA has changed its approach to concentrate on high street formats after struggling to gain consent for further out-of-town stores (Planning, 24 June, p4). RPS advised the company on its Coventry scheme. The project will now be referred to the ODPM for final approval.

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