Portland Works would now be an apartment block if the planning process did not exist. Like all developments, IKEA needs to go through this scrutiny and there are major city issues to be carefully examined.
The impact on city centre retailers struggling desperately to entice shoppers away from the free car parks at Meadowhall. A big traffic increase on congested routes to and from Meadowhall and Rotherham, at junction 34 and on the M1. And maybe the biggest issue – the resulting worsening of air quality in the Tinsley area. Sheffield is breaching UK and European air quality thresholds, resulting in 500 premature deaths a year. It’s getting worse in the hot spots in the city centre and near the M1. The East End Quality of Life Initiative campaign has been strong and persistent but undermined by creative schemes to squeeze more cars through the Tinsley area on the M1. The evidence is clear on prolonged
exposure to poor air quality – it results in ill health and premature death.
This application needs to go through the checks and balances of the planning process. Councillors have a difficult decision to make but within a framework that allows the impacts to be fully considered and evaluated. This city needs job creation but an application on this site can’t just be nodded through.
Sheffield Green Party