The car park was operated by the council and the condition required the use to cease by the end of 2020. However, the appellants claimed that there was a need to support town centre shops by ensuring an adequate supply of car parking and to encourage more visitors into the centre. But an inspector noted that there had been a series of temporary permissions for the use going back to 2007 and in his opinion, the need to retain it had not been proven. Traffic congestion was a major issue and allowing the site to be permanently used would not alleviate this issue, he opined, nor encourage the site to be developed for other uses which could support the town centre. The council’s strategy favoured the provision of car parks on the radial approach roads and to discourage car parking within the centre itself. Allowing the appeal would conflict with these objectives.
Inspector: Graeme Robbie; Written representations