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News : Irish Last Updated: Dec 19th, 2007 - 13:17:15

IKEA given planning permission to open giant furniture store in Dublin subject to conditions
By Finfacts Team
Oct 11, 2006, 14:32

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Plans by the Swedish furniture giant IKEA, to build a 30,000 square metre IKEA store in Ballymun, in North Dubin, which will be the biggest retail furniture outlet in the country, have progressed.

Fingal County Council is reported to have granted IKEA planning permission for the store and more than 1,500 parking spaces.

However, the local authority has set down 32 conditions for the development, 14 of which relate to transport issues and fears that the store could cause congestion in the area and on the nearby M50.

Among the principal conditions that must be met are the upgrade of the Ballymun junction of the M50 or alternative measures such as slip-roads to ensure the freeflow of traffic. A shuttle bus service between the store and Ballymun town must also be provided every 20 minutes.

It's also stipulated that a senior manger must also be appointed to look at increasing the use of public transport and a revised traffic plan must be submitted to the council in advance of the store's opening.

The authority also lays down strict conditions on opening hours. The store must not open before 9.40am on weekdays and must stay open until 10pm.

IKEA was informed of the decision of the decision this morning and a spokeswoman said the company viewed it as an important step in opening its first store in Ireland. The opening, which was planned for next year, will depend on appeals to An Bord Pleanála and on whether there will be an oral hearing.

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