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IKEA, Greenwich Penisula

Project Overview

IKEA Properties Investment Limited appointed Vectos to assist in securing consent for a new IKEA store, located within the Millennium Retail Park at Greenwich Peninsula, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The site was identified as an existing retail park with excellent public transport links. Once constructed, IKEA Greenwich will be the most accessible IKEA store in the UK.

The new Store will replace an existing Sainsbury’s store and Comet Store, and will form part of a shared use retail park with a B&Q Store and Odeon Cinema.

An outline planning application was submitted in December 2013. Following review by Transport for London, the Greater London Authority and the Royal Borough of Greenwich, the proposals received a resolution to grant planning permission at committee in March 2014. Subsequent negotiations have taken place to establish appropriate transport contributions which will form part of the Section 106.

Our Approach

Vectos provided transportation and highways advice through the planning process, including attendance at public consultation events, meetings with the key stakeholders and the Planning Committee Meeting.

Transport was the key issue throughout the planning process. Vectos sought to demonstrate that a new IKEA store would not generate significant levels of traffic above existing levels associated with the existing Sainsbury’s foodstore and Comet store. A key aspect of this was to present a robust and realistic case for public transport use, based on data for existing IKEA stores within London.

The Transport Assessment including a detailed trip generation exercise for the existing and proposed uses, stand-alone junction modelling, and a car park accumulation assessment. Key to the resolution to grant planning permission was the production of a robust Travel Plan aimed both at staff and customers. This included a financial contribution by IKEA to fund measures to encourage sustainable travel, including improved bus services and improved walking and cycling conditions in the local area. Vectos has been key in demonstrating that significant highways contributions are not required.