A revamp of Axminster Hospital’s car park – that will see four spaces lost – has been given the green light despite opposition from the town council.
NHS Property Services asked for permission to reconfigure the site, off Chard Street, in order to create an internal access to the Scott Rowe Building.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) gave the scheme the go-ahead this week.
Parking spaces at the health hub will be reduced from 75 to 71 – with the loss of one of five existing disabled bays.
The new internal access will be formed by removing one of the existing car parking areas.
Granting the proposals planning permission under delegated powers, an EDDC officer said: “It has been confirmed that the reason for the reconfiguration of the car park and creation of the new internal access relates to future-proofing the site and that the number of car park spaces which would remain would be in line with the services which would continue to operate there.
The proposal would see a net loss of four car parking spaces, one of which would be a disabled space, however, a significant amount of parking would remain at the site…
“The proposal would see a net loss of four car parking spaces, one of which would be a disabled space, however, a significant amount of parking would remain at the site, including four disabled spaces.
“All of the disabled parking spaces within the reconfigured car parks would be close to the main hospital entrance, unlike the current situation.”
The officer’s report added: “The proposal would support the reorganisation of the hospital site without harmful visual impact, harm to important trees, or harmful impacts relating to accessibility and parking and overall it is considered to represent sustainable development.”
Axminster Town Council said it could not support the scheme as a decrease in disabled parking spaces at the site would be ‘unacceptable’.
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