IKEA Exeter has moved a step closer with plans for the multi-million pound store now registered with the city council.
The furniture giant is preparing to make a £60m investment in Exeter with a 28,000 square metre store which would provide 200 construction jobs and 300 staff posts.
The scheme comes with the company applying for outline planning permission for between 180 and 220 homes off Newcourt Way.
Roger Cooper, retail expansion manager for Ikea UK, said: “Having engaged with more than 2,000 members of the local community and listened to their feedback, we have adapted our plans and have now submitted an outline planning application to Exeter City Council for a new Ikea store and up to 220 new homes on land adjacent to the A379 and Newcourt Way in Exeter.”
The planning application reveals that the company looked at various layouts for the store and finally settled on the one which sees the store facing down the A379 towards the M5 junction at Sandygate roundabout.
The main access to the store will be from the access road which currently forms a loop round into Russell Way.
The loop will disappear although the road will continue round and form an access into the proposed new homes development.
Immediately in front of the store will be the customer car park, with parking for about 800 cars on two levels.
Ikea is proposing a mix of one and two-bed flats and
houses, as well as a number of three and four-plus bed homes.
There would be landscaping to provide a screen between the homes and the A379 and the plans also include a multi-use games area on the Topsham side of the development.
The store will be serviced by the J bus and it is intended to put a new bus stop next to the store.
The nearest Ikea store to Exeter at the moment is in Bristol.
Those who have already visited an Ikea will recognise the elements within the Exeter store.
According to Mr Cooper it will be a “standard Ikea store” with the usual layout – entering the store, customers will be guided upstairs to view the show rooms before being guided down again to the warehouse for the purchase of goods.
There will also be a restaurant with a minimum of 450 covers and there will be a free crèche for shoppers where children can be dropped off for up to an hour.
With a nod to “green living” it is expected that delivery vehicles will be electric, it will capture rainwater and have photovoltaic tiles on the roof.
Staff will have access to the company’s discount travel loans for public transport season tickets with a 15 per cent discount on the repayments.