Thursday, 5 April 2012

IKEA given planning permission for store at Calcot

The West Berkshire Council Eastern Area Planning Committee gave planning permission for the IKEA store in Calcot at special meeting in Theale Green School last night (4th April). The vote was 7 in favour and 4 against.

The 39,700 square meter store will be on the site occupied by Homebase, Carpetright and the bowling alley. It will be 22.5 metres (74 feet) high and linked by a footbridge over Pincents Lane to a 1,179 space multi-story car park on the site of the redundant warehouses. The main store will be nearly three times the height of the Homebase building.

Many committee members, including me, were concerned about the amount of traffic it will generate and whether the improvements to M4 Junction 12, the Savacenter roundabout and widening of Pincents Lane (paid for by IKEA) will cope with the extra traffic. Even with the improvements, forecast traffic queues in Junction 12 will increase.

I was also concerned about the visual impact of the blue coloured store on the footpaths, open space and houses around Woodfield Way. It will project well above the trees that shield Homebase, etc., from view.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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