Action over Leeds car-parks flouting planning rules

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MOVES have been made to close car parks in Leeds which have failed to comply with conditions imposed by planners.

Enforcement action is being taken by Leeds City Council against the facilities on Globe Road in Holbeck.

They were among 12 private temporary car parks given planning permission in 2012 after proposals to close them sparked an outcry from drivers.

The long stay commuter car parks were given the go-ahead as long as they made improvements including resurfacing, marking out spaces, boosting security lighting and signage.

However the council says the operator of some of them, West Register, failed to make the changes, despite being given over 18 months to do so.

Coun Peter Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, said: “It’s very disappointing that due to the failure of the organisations running these car parks to make sure they met reasonable obligation, they have to close. They’ve had plenty of time and reminders of what they need to do, yet still the work hasn’t been done.

“They’ve been continuing to operate as a profitable business, so they have no excuse for not making sure that the car parks are safe and pleasant for motorists to use and don’t blight the area. These were key factors when the planning decision was taken. Unfortunately, we have reached the point where prosecution is the only remaining option.”

Coun Richard Lewis, executive board member responsible for transport and the economy, said: “Although inconvenient for users, action had to be taken against these car parks otherwise it would be unfair on other organisations that have complied with the rules and actually invested in their sites.

“There are plenty of alternative car parks for drivers including the city’s park and ride at Elland Road, which has seen a steady increase in users since its opening which is expected to continue.”

Several car parks on Globe Road have shut in recent months. Last year another car park run by a different private firm on nearby Whitehall Road closed after a planning application was turned down.

West Register did not respond to requests from the YEP for comment.

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