Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Amended: Height of planned IKEA Calcot store reduced

I have been hearing rumours for a while that the IKEA were planning to reduce the height of their planned store in Pincents Lane, Calcot, by one floor.

This has been confirmed this week by this article in Retail Week.

It will involve a 13% reduction in floor area from 38,000 square metres to 33,000 square metres.

IKEA expect to submit a new planning application to West Berkshire Council in the autumn.

The reduction in height should reduce the impact of the store as seen from Theale, though we will have to wait to see the new plans to be sure. IKEA have not said whether they are expecting fewer customers, though the article says "The move reflects the growth of online shopping and also consumers’ desire to shop more conveniently." Fewer customers would, of course, mean less traffic.

I am worried, though, that IKEA may want to reduce the amount that they pay towards road improvements as a result of the reduced size.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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