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UCLan applies to create temporary car park in former Goss printing site

Posted on - 11th August, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - News, Transport, UCLan, University
The former Goss printers  site could solve UCLan's parking troubles Pic: Tony Worrall

The former Goss printers site could solve UCLan’s parking troubles Pic: Tony Worrall

University bosses have tabled plans for a new car park close to the Preston campus to stop the “displacement of cars onto neighbouring streets”.

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The number of parking spaces to permit holders, staff and students, has been steadily falling at the city campus in previous years – but the purchase of the former Goss printing site could stem the tide.

As part of the University of Central Lancashire’s Masterplan for the city campus, announced in February, they are proposing to create a 233 space car park on empty land at the Goss site off Fylde Road.

Projections by DPP planning consultants show the number of parking spaces on university car parks would drop to 1,161 if the Goss site is not used.

The university warns: “If the level of car parking provision in the city campus is not increased ahead of the finalisation of the plans for the permanent use of the application site then there could be a displacement of cars onto neighbouring streets, out of control of the university. This would have resulting harm on the residential amenity of nearby properties and also have implications for highway safety.”

The plans state the car park would be for a two year period to help ease the pain of the Ashmoor Street and Fylde Street car park closures.

University staff are issued with parking permits and only students living further than 60 minutes by public transport from the Preston campus are eligible for a permit.

The full plans are available to view on the city council website.

Anyone wanting to comment can do so there or by emailing devcon@preston.gov.uk quoting reference 06/2015/0604 by Friday 21 August.

What do you think about the car park plan? Do you commute into the university campus? Do you live nearby? Let us know in the comments below

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