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Published: 22 Mar 2012 16:477 comments

PLANS for a multi million pound IKEA superstore in Calcot will be back into the spotlight next month.

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Neighbours can meet Reading West MP Alok Sharma and representatives from the Swedish retailer, which is famous for its flat-pack furniture, to discuss the proposal to replace derelict buildings at Pincents Lane Retail Park with the £10m development.

They will get the opportunity to see the finalised plans, ask questions and raise any concerns with the developers from 7-9pm at the Beansheaf Centre in Charrington Road, Calcot, on Monday, April 2.

West Berkshire Council is expected to decide the fate of the scheme during a meeting of its Eastern Area Planning Committee at Theale Green Community School at 6.30pm on Wednesday, April 4.

Mr Sharma said: "Many of my constituents are keen on the jobs IKEA will create locally, but many also have concerns about potential traffic congestion issues.

"This meeting will be an excellent opportunity, ahead of the meeting of the Eastern Area Planning Committee on April 4, which will consider IKEA's application, for local residents to understand IKEA's proposals fully and to ask any queries they have relating to traffic issues and any other matters."

The development will cover four hectares with the store sitting to the north of Pincents Lane, opposite a 1,287-space car park and areas for buses and coaches. The two areas will be linked by an overhead walkway.

The plans, submitted in February last year, won the support of Reading Borough Council in June but West Berkshire has the final say and, amid complaints by hundreds of neighbours about the size of the store and increased traffic on an already congested route, has yet to decide.

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