Plans to open a new Ikea in Lancashire have taken a major step forward.
Councillors voted unanimously to approve the proposals at a planning meeting to discuss the Cuerden scheme on Tuesday, September 26.
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The 65 hectare area of land situated at the start of the M65 has been earmarked to become home to the furniture giant, a 120-bedroom hotel, 80,000 sq km of industrial space, 26,000 sq m of office space and 210 new homes.
The council estimates that the move will inject more than £241m into Lancashire's economy and create 4,00 new jobs.
A spokesman for the Limit Cuerden pressure group expressed their disappointment in the decision.