Planning chiefs hold fire over controversial car park scheme

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

Partial retrospective application is for parking areas adjacent to Kelvin Close, Birchwood.
Objections were filed by Borough Councilors Nigel Balding and David Ellis, 16 local residents and Birchwood Town Council.

Warrington Borough Council’s Development Management Committee postponed its decision after hearing objections.
Officers had recommended that the program be approved.
The application proposes to increase the capacity of the parking area by 99 spaces in order to improve the marketability of the Birchwood Park employment area.
Opponents say the development will result in greater car use, despite the borough council declaring a climate emergency.
They point out that a new car park is already under construction just a five-minute walk away, that the inhabitants have not been consulted and that no environmental or social impact study has been carried out.
They also pointed out that work had started on the project before planning permission was granted.
The committee decided that more information was needed before a decision could be made.

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