Decision day looms for Darlington town centre multi-storey car park

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COUNCILLORS will meet next week to consider proposals for a multi-storey car park in Darlington town centre.

Darlington Borough Council wants to build a 650-space car park to offset the loss of 360 spaces caused by the new Department for Education (DfE) building and to accommodate an expected influx of vehicles visiting the proposed Feethams leisure complex.

The multi-storey would be built on the site of the existing 150-space pay and display car park at Beaumont Street and would incorporate new pedestrian links to the town centre.

It is designed to be five storeys high, reducing to four levels at the point closest to the rear of Houndgate.

But although the car park sits outside the town centre conservation area, objections have been raised over the visual impact a 19-metre high building would have on the area.

Objectors are particularly concerned about the impact on Houndgate, a row of historic Georgian buildings which includes two Grade II-listed properties.

Concerns have also been raised over a perceived lack of evidence offered as to why the town centre needs such a large car park.

A report prepared for the council’s planning applications committee says that negations have taken place to try and minimise the building’s visual impact and that the car park would contribute to Darlington’s future economic growth.

It concludes: “Having carried out this balancing exercise it is considered the benefits of providing replacement parking to the town centre as a whole, including facilitating the new developments by the DfE and the cinema leisure complex, and helping to promote the level of footfall through the area in the interests of the town centre economy, outweigh any negative impacts to properties on the periphery of the development site.”

A lack of sufficient parking in the town centre has been an issue of concern for some traders in recent months and a multi-storey car park is a key element of the council’s parking strategy.

Councillors agreed last year to allocate funds to build a multi-storey car park and the Beaumont Street proposal is recommended for approval.

The planning committee meets on Wednesday to make its decision.

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3:42pm Thu 29 May 14

George1965 says...

One would of thought that the decision had already been reached.
One would of thought that the decision had already been reached. George1965
  • Score: 8

4:07pm Thu 29 May 14

laughingboy51 says...

Can Bill build it ?...................
..................YE
S HE CAN!
Can Bill build it ?................... ..................YE S HE CAN! laughingboy51
  • Score: -1

4:11pm Thu 29 May 14

hogworth says...

Don't be silly George1965 this is Darlington Council we are talking about.
Don't be silly George1965 this is Darlington Council we are talking about. hogworth
  • Score: 2

5:05pm Thu 29 May 14

MST1975 says...

laughingboy51 wrote:
Can Bill build it ?...................

..................YE

S HE CAN!
Only if he has had sufficient back handers and bungs passed to all involved. Allegedly m'lord
[quote][p][bold]laughingboy51[/bold] wrote: Can Bill build it ?................... ..................YE S HE CAN![/p][/quote]Only if he has had sufficient back handers and bungs passed to all involved. Allegedly m'lord MST1975
  • Score: 1

7:23pm Thu 29 May 14

oliviaden6 says...

Bill will crawl over any one or anything that might get in his way. Why do this council still go through this endless round of public meeting council meetings, Oh i know they are all claiming expenses for the travel to the meeting sand back tea coffee the list goes on. One can only ask for Darlington council to be honest and open, I cant see hell freezing over any time soon???????
Bill will crawl over any one or anything that might get in his way. Why do this council still go through this endless round of public meeting council meetings, Oh i know they are all claiming expenses for the travel to the meeting sand back tea coffee the list goes on. One can only ask for Darlington council to be honest and open, I cant see hell freezing over any time soon??????? oliviaden6
  • Score: 4

9:35pm Thu 29 May 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

It doesn't matter what it looks like. It will look a lot better than the council offices do.
It doesn't matter what it looks like. It will look a lot better than the council offices do. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 3

9:50am Fri 30 May 14

Savant_NE says...

Great that this is to go ahead , quickly as possible please.As for the impact on the area.It was a flattened fire damaged area , not much better looking than wasteland.Whats going to have a better impact on Darlington , wasteland or car parking facilities.A lot of land has been laid idol in Darlington for decades.Nice that those in charge of Darlingtons economic growth are now getting a lot of things 'visibly' moving.Growth is a much better word than 'Cutback'
Great that this is to go ahead , quickly as possible please.As for the impact on the area.It was a flattened fire damaged area , not much better looking than wasteland.Whats going to have a better impact on Darlington , wasteland or car parking facilities.A lot of land has been laid idol in Darlington for decades.Nice that those in charge of Darlingtons economic growth are now getting a lot of things 'visibly' moving.Growth is a much better word than 'Cutback' Savant_NE
  • Score: 9

4:31pm Fri 30 May 14

Spy Boy says...

As usual, DBC have put the cart before the horse and are building a car park AFTER getting rid of the car parking spaces. Another 150 spaces will be lost during building and you can bet that the building cabins etc will be on the Beaumont Street Car Park, taking up what was left in this area of the town.

As the cinema development will probably start at around the same time, there will not be one space left on that end of town and the other parks will be jammed. This is going to stop people driving into town, so they will drive out of town. Bye, bye town centre shops. Maybe DBC will charter free buses for this period to bring people in? ( Maybe not.)

Someone suggested above that back handers could be involved. Tut! What a thing to say. The beloved Council taking brown envelopes? Terrible! I think it's just a bunch of self centred, arrogant and totally inept people playing at being real grown ups. You only need to go to one of their meetings to understand just how useless they really are.

BTW: Did anyone finally find out how much Ada Burns pocketed in her bonus? As she can't get a rise on her ludicrous salary, she has been given a bonus. Did she refuse in these terrible time? No. Did she refuse to discuss the amount at the meeting? No. Did it pay for her new BMW sports car? Was the money raised by cutting the wages of the Bin Men? Probably. She told the meeting that it was a private matter between her and the cabinet. I don't think so Ms Burns. We provided that money and we feel that you are already getting way too much. If you were paid on success rather than abject failure, you would be paying us.
As usual, DBC have put the cart before the horse and are building a car park AFTER getting rid of the car parking spaces. Another 150 spaces will be lost during building and you can bet that the building cabins etc will be on the Beaumont Street Car Park, taking up what was left in this area of the town. As the cinema development will probably start at around the same time, there will not be one space left on that end of town and the other parks will be jammed. This is going to stop people driving into town, so they will drive out of town. Bye, bye town centre shops. Maybe DBC will charter free buses for this period to bring people in? ( Maybe not.) Someone suggested above that back handers could be involved. Tut! What a thing to say. The beloved Council taking brown envelopes? Terrible! I think it's just a bunch of self centred, arrogant and totally inept people playing at being real grown ups. You only need to go to one of their meetings to understand just how useless they really are. BTW: Did anyone finally find out how much Ada Burns pocketed in her bonus? As she can't get a rise on her ludicrous salary, she has been given a bonus. Did she refuse in these terrible time? No. Did she refuse to discuss the amount at the meeting? No. Did it pay for her new BMW sports car? Was the money raised by cutting the wages of the Bin Men? Probably. She told the meeting that it was a private matter between her and the cabinet. I don't think so Ms Burns. We provided that money and we feel that you are already getting way too much. If you were paid on success rather than abject failure, you would be paying us. Spy Boy
  • Score: 1

4:37pm Fri 30 May 14

Spy Boy says...

For those readers that didn't know, this site was earmarked for the new Arts Centre / Children's Theatre. It was supposed to be the basis of the cultural quarter of the town, along with the Cinema and small arts businesses and cafes along the riverside. Since then it has been Tescos and Asda . . . . And so the waffle goes on and on.

The biggest puzzle is still that this bunch of serial losers gets voted in every time. Just wait until 2015 and you may well see a change. It is very obvious from the posts that people are onto your little game.
For those readers that didn't know, this site was earmarked for the new Arts Centre / Children's Theatre. It was supposed to be the basis of the cultural quarter of the town, along with the Cinema and small arts businesses and cafes along the riverside. Since then it has been Tescos and Asda . . . . And so the waffle goes on and on. The biggest puzzle is still that this bunch of serial losers gets voted in every time. Just wait until 2015 and you may well see a change. It is very obvious from the posts that people are onto your little game. Spy Boy
  • Score: 1

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