Road improvements would be a good result from Lancing IKEA development

The New Monks Farm development plans are the ultimate ‘hot potato’.

I can’t really pass comment on the IKEA aspect of the project, as I am to flat-pack furniture what Piers Morgan is to tact and diplomacy.

Ian Hart

Ian Hart

I can categorically say that if the Swedish retailers do open locally they won’t be receiving my patronage, and that’s not some grand gesture, I’m really not into those sort of things.

The new houses are a different matter.

As a parent who has already had one youngster get on the property ladder, I know what a minefield it is for first time buyers, so if the new development includes a proportion of starter housing then that certainly is a positive.

Another potential positive could be the involvement of the Department of Transport.

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If consumers are going to visit the new store in significant numbers then, along with 400 new households, the existing A27 clearly won’t be able to cope with the increased traffic.

Travelling times in all walks of life have increased over the years and none more so than the ‘top road’.

We have more cars on the road than ever before, so if we’re going to find ourselves in a situation with significantly higher traffic volumes in a specific area then the transport department will surely have to do something?

Quite ironic that IKEA, a word that brings many of us out in cold sweat, could yet be the solution to one of the biggest local issues in decades.

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