Burnley station on track for new parking
The parking lot will be built on “bumpy ground” off Westway, not far from Burnley Barracks.
The quarter acre site has already been cleared of dense vegetation and trees.
The planning request from Car Park (Burnley) Ltd of the Trafalgar Mill Business Center was approved by advisers on Thursday evening.
The land redevelopment application was reviewed by the Burnley Council Development Review Committee over objections from a nearby resident and the Borough Green Party Council leader. Andy Fewings.
A report from planning officers said: “The proposal is to create a parking lot on a small bumpy lot between Westway, Wilfield Street and Old Accrington Road.
“The proposal is to dig the land to form a flat, hard-surface site and to delineate 20 parking spaces and create a new access from Wilfield Street. The proposed car park would be for private users who pay in advance and would have a barrier access system with license plate recognition.
“Spaces would be reserved in advance and the car park would not be open to occasional users. The site is an accessible location at the entrance to Burnley town center and Burnley Barracks station.
“While its remoteness from downtown businesses would make it unsuitable as a parking lot for shoppers, it could provide a service to others, including travelers on the rail network.
Coun. Few said the land was green space providing much-needed habitat and scouting for residents of a busy road. He suggested to the buyer to plant it with trees.
The neighbor objected on the grounds of the loss of a grove and wildlife, road safety and increased traffic.
Coun. Sue Graham told the meeting, “This is an awkwardly shaped piece of land that is left over after road development and is not particularly useful for anything. It now looks pretty unsightly. This seems appropriate to us for parking cars.