Peterborough IKEA gets permission for 'click and collect' facility
The furniture giant will now be able to make some external changes to its distribution centre at Kingston Park and provide a customer click and collect facility, as part of a new extension of more than 50,000sq metres.
There will also be additional car-parking and a dedicated service area, and it is expected to create significant job opportunities.
The application has been passed by Peterborough City Council, and an IKEA spokesperson said: "We are guided by a simple yet powerful vision to create a better everyday life for the many people.
"The IKEA Distribution Centre in Peterborough is an important part of our network and as shopping habits continue to evolve, we are continuing to invest in new ways of doing things to make IKEA more convenient, affordable and sustainable."
A statement from SRA Architects said: "Perimeter vehicular access is provided around the entire DC for operational use, with loading areas to the east and west only.
"Dedicated walkways are provided for pedestrians to walk from the parking areas to the main office accommodation. These areas are positioned away from the primary loading zones, reducing pedestrian and operational conflict."
It adds: "The click and collect facility is provided to respond to current retail trends. Customers will be able to access the site to collect orders placed online or within store. Dedicated customer parking is provided adjacent to the click and collect point."