The Swedish Furniture giant is opening a brand new store in Lancing as part of a £170 million redevelopment scheme.
The now confirmed proposal, led by Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, looks set to create 600 homes, 1,000 jobs and contribute in excess of £11 million to the local economy.
Construction will take place on the site of a former landfill off the A27 – 25 minutes from the Centre of Brighton and could be completed by the summer of 2019.
Warren Morgan, Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council said:
“We are delighted that IKEA is locating within the greater Brighton area, particularly given their commitment as a real living wage employer”.
Local residents however have raised concerns over the risk of flooding due to the concreting over absorbent fields.
Adur District Council have acknowledged that the site has “some flood risk issues” with the area listed as having the second highest flood risk grade according to the Environment Agency.
Despite the risks, Adur District Council would be set to receive a £2.75 million windfall in council tax and business rates once the work was finished.
The final section of housing is pencilled in to be completed by 2025.
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