Plans submitted for parking at Berwick quayside

Plans have been lodged to create additional long-stay parking at Berwick quayside.

By Ian Smith
Wednesday, 08 May, 2019, 15:19
Land at Berwick quayside. Picture by Jane Coltman

Northumberland County Council wants to extend the existing car park onto an area of disused rough grass, creating 36 more parking spaces.In 2017, a council commissioned parking study of Berwick town centre recommended that 50 more parking spaces were needed as soon as possible, with 185 needed by 2020 and 260 by 2030.A report with the planning application states: ‘A number of potential sites were identified and assessed to determine their availability and suitability for additional parking. As part of this process, the county council engaged with elected town and county councillors and other stakeholders in the town to establish their views.‘These groups confirmed a strong view that there is a shortage of long-stay parking provision in Berwick. This shortage has been exacerbated by the conversion of The Parade car park to short stay – itself a recommendation of the parking study.‘Some additional long-stay parking is to be provided in Tweedmouth but this will still leave an overall shortfall.‘An opportunity has arisen to purchase the grass land adjacent to the car park, which will enable the construction of the extension.’The existing parking areas are unaffected apart from some re-lining. The parking area to the east is retained by a wall which will screen the proposed extension.‘Given the above, it is not considered that the proposed development will have a negative impact on the setting of the Quay Walls or the wider area,’ states the report.

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