IKEA plans off: timeline from plans approved to flatpack giant pulling out

The long-planned first IKEA store in Sussex will no longer be built.

Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 2:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 2:47 pm
A model showing how the New Monks Park development would have looked, with IKEA in the top-left

Plans for 600 new homes and the IKEA store at New Monks Farm, off the A27 at Lancing, were approved by Adur District Council’s planning committee in October, 2018 – 18 months after they were first announced.

Predictably, local reaction to the plans getting the green light was mixed, with people in favour of them and also concerned about the impact on the environment and local community.

It was not until February, 2020, that work was officially allowed to begin, following concerns over funding for education and changes to the layout of the busy A27.

Work had in fact started earlier in the year, as these drone images showed, at what Adur District Council said was at the developer’s own risk.

Later in February, more drone images showed how the scheme was progressing, with workers and heavy machinery on site.

But as the coronvirus pandemic led to the first lockdown, work at the site was halted just a few weeks later.

In June, 2020, it was announced that work would resume, with a spokesman for Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club – the driving force behind the deveopment and whose training ground is nearby – saying they were ‘looking at ways we can resume works but strictly in accordance with government regulations’.

Construction work on homes did restart and continued, with prices for the first homes confirmed in April this year.

And last month, the Herald was given {https://www.worthingherald.co.uk/news/people/new-monks-farm-exclusive-pictures-show-behind-the-scenes-of-ikea-development-3277359, now renamed New Monks Park.

And, as was the case when plans were first approved, reaction to the news from the community was mixed.