Decision made on plan for 697-space car park for BAE in Barrow

AN APPLICATION for a 697-space car park for BAE has been approved by the borough council’s planning committee.

The scheme for an area off Hindpool Road in Barrow forms part of a ‘wider investment program’ at the company.

It is a development on a previous plan for a 675-space car park.

A spokesman for BAE said last month that the design of the site had ‘matured’ and that the company had ‘seen an opportunity’ to expand it.

Permission was initially granted for a car park of 509 spaces in 2015.

In 2016, an application for an amendment to increase the number of spaces at the car park to 675 was given the green light.

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In a report produced ahead of a meeting of the council’s planning committee last week, case officer Maureen Smith said a landscape plan submitted with the application for the 697-space site ‘does not include the level of planting’ of the original scheme.

“In particular, the trees within the car park have been omitted,” she said.

“This is disappointing given the prominence of the site and the new requirement in the National Planning Policy Framework encouraging the provision of tree planting.

“This has been raised with the agent and a response is awaited.”

In her conclusions, Ms Smith noted that the ‘pattern of vehicle movements’ related to the car park had been accepted by the county council ‘as being within the capacity of the local highway network’.

However, she said that ‘some matters of detailed design require clarification from the highway authority’.

Ms Smith recommended a decision on the application be delegated to the borough council’s head of development management ‘once all outstanding issues have been resolved’.

The application also includes the provision of security fencing, security lighting and a cycle shelter.

In February of this year, it was revealed that work on the car park, which was, at the time, going to hold 675 vehicles, had begun.

A spokesman for BAE said it was expected that the new, 697-space site would open early next year.

Employees who are to use it are currently parking in other parts of the BAE site.

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