Plans for Ikea in Greenwich halted by Government
A proposal to open an Ikea in Greenwich, recently approved by the council's planning board, has been stopped by Eric Pickles.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has reacted due to local concerns about the scheme, especially fears it will increase traffic to unacceptable levels.
The development will see the current Sainsbury's and Comet stores at Bugsby Way, Charlton, make way for the furniture store.
Greenwich Council was due to rubberstamp the plans in the coming weeks but Mr Pickles has now ordered that to be halted while they are scrutinised further.
A spokeswoman for the council said: "The Secretary of State has issued a directive to the Royal Borough of Greenwich stating that the borough should not grant planning permission on the application made by IKEA until he has considered whether it should be referred to him for determination.
"We have informed Ikea of the situation and are now in discussion with the National Planning Casework Unit who are dealing with the application."
The news was first reported on the Greenwich blog 853 before the Bank Holiday.
Campaigners against the plans are complaining about the potential for increased traffic and air pollution caused by the scheme.
Under the development, Sainsbury's will move to a larger site on nearby Woolwich Road.
The Ikea plans include 33,000sqm of retail space.