Bad News for Anyone Who Ever Wanted to Just Get Home…


RE: Sainsbury’s and Former Comet Stores, 55 & 57 Bugsby’s Way, Greenwich, SE10

The request made to the Secretary of State to call in the above proposal was carefully considered against the call in policy as set out in the Written Ministerial Statement of 26 October 2012. It was decided that it should not be called in and that the application should be left to London Borough of Greenwich Council to determine.

I appreciate that this is not the preferred outcome for you and I understand that there will be great disappointment as a result. It is however, now for London Borough of Greenwich Council to determine this application.

So basically,be prepared to avoid the Blackwall Tunnel area for the next few years until IKEA is finally burned down by some crazed Michael Douglas type. My bet is it will be a Saturday afternoon, though frankly I’m taking odds on Sundays or perhaps a bank holiday.

9 Comments to “Bad News for Anyone Who Ever Wanted to Just Get Home…”

  1. Barbara says:

    What a depressing letter – no detail as to why it was decided that the decision/process did not require review.
    Was this sent to you personally?

  2. Andrew says:

    Unbelievable. It’s getting hard to get to that side of Greenwich everyday with l the construction going on. What are they going to to to the road infrastructure, if anything?

  3. Azof now says:

    It’s a travesty.

    In a democratic society this cannot be allowed to happen.

    What steps can we take to stop this now?

  4. David says:

    This is tipping the balance towards me leaving Greenwich… Too much pollution and traffic, two little kids to think of…

  5. Stevie Pics says:


    Nothing it seems, according to this letter from Cherry Parker, one of the councillors in the Blackheath / Westcombe ward:

    “Thanks for sending in your helpful analysis of the potential impacts of the proposed Ikea in Greenwich.

    With Eric Pickles having decided not to call in the decision, the proposal now moves to detailed planning.

    All three of your local councillors are on the council’s planning board, which decides on such applications.

    As such, we must be mindful of the need to to reserve judgment about the application.

    However, I can assure you that as a ward councillor I am actively listening to residents’ views.

    I am also seeking to influence the community benefit clause being negotiated with Ikea.

    I’d be interested in your ideas on local priorities. More buses, safer stations, public art?

    I appreciate this may not be the response you’d hoped for, but it’s a truthful picture of where we are.

    Hope to hear from you again.

    All the best,


    I remain flabbergasted that this Ikea is going to go ahead.

  6. Crawfie says:

    According to Cherry Parker’s website she has spent her “career campaigning for social justice and the environment”. Time to step up Cherry!

    I have emailed her for an opinion how this proposal will benefit the community.

  7. Chris says:

    It seems to me that Parker is saying already that she has given up on opposing the deal but is trying to get a new painting or something out of IKEA.
    Her reply is classic politician-speak. Of course she is ‘actively listening’.
    What matters is if she acts on what she hears. We shall see.

  8. Azof now says:

    In my view, the key ‘local priorities’ are to carefully manage the increasing traffic and levels of pollution.