Burnley advisers approve controversial hospital parking lot

A HOSPITAL will get a new temporary car park with 160 spaces on a nearby recreation ground, despite the objections of local residents.

It will be provided to Burnley General Teaching Hospital after advisers approve the scheme.

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has obtained planning permission from Burnley Council for the gravel car park at St Andrews Recreation Ground (also known as Rakehead Rec).

They say it is needed as a new multi-storey car park is built for use by patients, visitors and staff.

Residents of nearby Hind Street submitted five letters of opposition to the project on council-owned land.

They said the Rakehead Rec is an “important part of the fabric of the local community that could be lost if the hospital further infiltrates open space”.

Burnley City Council’s Development Control Committee approved the project at its meeting last week, despite opposition from neighboring residents.

The authorization includes five conditions, including the cessation of use no later than July 1, 2024.

In a report, planning officer Janet Filbin told advisers: “The claimant reports that there is an increased number of patients coming in for elective cases, which is putting a strain on car parking.

“The applicant anticipates that on-site parking issues will be addressed in the future through the development of a multi-storey car park within the hospital grounds.

“It is recognized that a short-term need for hospital staff parking is a concern for the delivery of hospital services.”

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