Planning chiefs hold fire on controversial car parking scheme


PLANNING chiefs at Warrington have put off a decision on proposals to increase the capacity of an office car park following objections from residents and local councillors.

The part retrospective application involves car parking areas adjacent to Kelvin Close, Birchwood.
Objections have been lodged by borough councillors Nigel Balding and David Ellis, 16 local residents and Birchwood Town Council.

Warrington Borough Council’s development management committee deferred a decision after hearing of the objections.
Officers had recommended the scheme be approved.
The application proposes increasing the capacity of the parking area by 99 spaces to improve the marketability of the Birchwood Park employment area.
Objectors claim the development will result in greater car use, despite the borough council declaring a climate emergency.
They point out a new car park is already being built only five minutes walk away, that residents have not been consulted and that there has been no environmental or social impact assessment carried out.
They also pointed that work had started on the project in advance of planning consent.
The committee decided more information was needed before a decision could be made.


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