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Plans for University Technical College approved for Burton, but parking concerns remain

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

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A UNIVERSITY technical college (UTC) hailed as a major facility for Burton could lead to parking woes for people living nearby, it has been claimed.

Approval has now been granted for the college, which will be in the annexe at Burton Town Hall and a new building due to take up much of the adjacent car park – reducing the amount of spaces by more than 100.

Developers say the change will not lead to any increase of parking in the area, but highways bosses, councillors, and council officers have expressed concerns to the contrary.

At a planning hearing held at Burton Town Hall, Councillor Greg Hall referred to the issue as 'the elephant in the room'.

Councillor Ron Clarke said: "I am quite eager for this development to take place.

"I think it's a good development and it improves the area, but we have to resolve the car parking issues.

"There are problems with parking in the general Burton area."

Other councillors questioned whether there would be problems with parking during town hall functions.

Developers behind the UTC have said the 48 remaining spaces in the car park will be adequate for the 55 staff and 600 pupils at the site, adding that there was plenty of on-street parking within a 10-minute walk if needed.

They refused to enter into an agreement providing up to £50,000 to mitigate parking issues if they arose, instead offering less than half the amount, with assurances it would not be needed.

Kirsty Clifton, speaking on behalf of the applicant, said: "The UTC will generate a low level of demand.

"It is not expected to have an impact on on-street parking."

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  • Porterboy  |  August 13 2014, 10:07PM

    There is always a compromise to be reached and in this case that compromise might be to either build the college on stilts to allow for more or less the same amount of parking underneath as there is now, similar to newer supermarkets where this idea works well, or alternatively making the car park on the roof of the building, either way this will alleviate the parking problems locally that will inevitably follow the closure of the existing car park.

  • Porterboy  |  August 13 2014, 9:53PM

    As I have mentioned before, perhaps the solution to the lack of parking for the new college might be to raise the new building on stilts to allow parking underneath the building such as many new supermarkets do with great success, thus leaving more or less the same ammount of parking as there is now and alleviating on street parking worries for local residents.