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Parkway temporary car park built without planning permission, claims resident

Posted on Tuesday 21st January 2014 at 8:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Temporary car park at Hunts Ground Road, Stoke Gifford.

A temporary car park constructed on vacant land near Parkway Station has been built without planning permission, according to a local resident who has registered an objection with South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).

First Great Western, operators of the railway station, announced the opening of a temporary car park at a site off Hunts Ground Road (opposite the Parkway North ‘park and ride’ car park operated by SGC) on 14th January.

The company said the temporary car park would provide an additional 100 parking spaces while work to construct a new multi-storey car park at the station continues.

A First Great Western spokesman explained at the time:

“There’s a huge amount of investment going into the multi-storey car park and, once completed in March, will make travel from Bristol Parkway much more accessible for customers. However, we’ve had to close a number of spaces to allow the construction work to happen.”

“This additional parking wasn’t available when the construction started, but we are pleased to have been able to do this deal to help improve things for customers while the building work is completed.”

Information available on the SGC planning portal shows that a planning application for the temporary car park was received by the council on 11th December 2013 but not “validated” until 6th January 2014. The statutory 21-day consultation period, during which objections can be made, runs until 29th January 2014. The status of the application is shown as “pending consideration”.

In a letter received by the council on 15th January, a resident of a property in Saint Way, a road which borders the site on which the car park has been constructed, writes:

“I cannot see why the developers/owner of the site have already started and almost finished work without consulting the local neighbours and obtaining the necessary permission in the first place.”

First Great Western says work on the £13m multi-storey car park is due to be finished in April.

Documents submitted with the planning application for the temporary car park state that “use will cease before the end of April 2014”.

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Rail Minister visits Bristol Parkway multi-storey car park works

Posted on Tuesday 7th January 2014 at 6:22 pm by SH (Editor)

Government Rail Minister Stephen Hammond (left) at Bristol Parkway.

Rail Minister Stephen Hammond today visited Bristol Parkway Station to see first-hand the £13 million car park improvement works.

One of the largest Station Commercial Projects Facility Fund projects that a train operator is managing, the work will see an additional 710 parking spaces created at this thriving station. Presently the car park can accommodate 1,100 vehicles and is regularly near capacity.

Managing Director for First Great Western Mark Hopwood said:

“Bristol Parkway Station serves almost three million rail passengers a year and this is expected to grow significantly when the line to London is electrified.”

“I am delighted to be able to provide the Minister with a tour of the site and the progress that has been made to date on this £13 million scheme to increase capacity at the car park, ensuring that we can cater for the increase in passenger demand both now and in the future.”

Rail Minister Stephen Hammond said:

“The Government is investing record amounts into transforming our railways and it is crucial the industry plays its part in improving facilities to meet the needs of all rail users.”

“The work at Bristol Parkway will provide vital car parking space at a station which will deal with more passengers, thanks to our plans to electrify the Great Western Main Line and the new generation of high-tech electric trains being built in the UK by Hitachi.”

More: Project due to be completed by end of March »

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