Parking strategy delayed with Morrisons’ amendments

Morrisons, Wetherby. Picture James Hardisty (JH1006/84a)
Morrisons, Wetherby. Picture James Hardisty (JH1006/84a)
  • Strategy to overhaul parking in Wetherby delayed as Morrisons changes plans for Hallfield Lane lorry park
  • The amendments would bring work on the lorry park forward
  • Planners need to sign off on conditions and an officer will make the final decision

The implementation of the strategy to overhaul parking in Wetherby has been delayed as Morrisons amends its plans for Hallfield Lane lorry park.

Currently proposals for the lorry park would see it restricted to four hours with 25 per cent long stay. This would put it in line with car parks at Wilderness, Crossley Street, James Street, and the Council Offices, which would also be restricted to four hours.

The work will benefit both visitors and town centre businesses by easing the pressure and congestion on the existing parking.

Morrisons spokesman

Morrisons would also add 144 spaces to the Leeds City Council-owned car park with no provision for lorries, but has made amendments to their plans - given initial approval in 2012 as part of their 10,000 sq ft extension - to bring this work forward.

A Morrisons spokesman said: “The redevelopment will create more than 100 new free town centre car parking spaces. The work will benefit both visitors and town centre businesses by easing the pressure and congestion on the existing parking.”

Though approval has been given to the revised plans, changes to the application mean conditions are attached, one of which is details associated with Hallfield Lane.

Conditions govern things like the phasing of development and car park layout, among other considerations, and these are currently with LCC planners.

An officer will make the final decision once these conditions are met, and the plans panel will no be involved. Guidance from the council says this is not thought to present a problem and LCC hopes to be in a position to commence work on Hallfield Lane this summer, shortly after the initial works to improve Station Garden’s car park are complete.

However the strategy for the rest of Wetherby’s parking has not been finalised while officers have yet to officially sign off on this amended application.

Wetherby Coun Gerald Wilkinson (Con), who has supervised the strategy, said: “I knew there were amendments but I had no knowledge of what the conditions are.

“I knew that one of the conditions when they first started was that the car park had to be done before they started work on the store.

“But I wasn’t aware of any changes to the car park and it was not brought to my attention.”