The Leeds Citizen blog was there and reports city councillors today approved the plans 11-1.
The proposals were for a 425-space main car park, with 15 dedicated disabled spaces and an overspill area for another 375 cars, built on ‘Car Park D’ at Elland Road – the car park nearest the railway line. The site is opposite the new West Yorkshire Police HQ, due to be completed in mid-2014, and the plot is shared with the site of a proposed ice rink, due to open towards the end of 2014.
The decision comes despite local opposition from residents, most notably the Beeston Forum group, and local councillors Angela Gabriel and David Congreve.
Their concerns included extra traffic in the area and more pollution. Some argued the park and ride isn’t far enough out from the city centre to be successful. Other concerns include the overall impact of the scheme on nearby residents.
The only vote against came from Farnley and Wortley Green Party councillor David Blackburn, who said:
“I cannot support this – it is the wrong scheme in the wrong place. It should have been out at Tingley or Gildersome. We are just going to cause more congestion.”
Planning officers argued commuters will be signposted towards the site from the west via the ‘Cemetery Gates’ junction that links the outer ring road to the M621 at Junction 2, rather than past houses along Elland Road itself, minimising the impact on local residents. The bus services running from the park and ride would be ‘greener’ than older buses.