Setback for multi-storey?

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BRIDLINGTON’S Lords Feoffees say designs for the town’s renaissance are putting a question mark over their development of a multi-storey car park.

They say the Bridlington Area Action Plan, the blueprint for future development over the next 10 to 20 years, does not give them enough space to build a 206 space, three-storey car park on the site of their existing Beck Hill car park which would be big enough to be economically viable.

When their idea was announced last summer it received support from the public, mainly local residents, who welcomed a town centre park they could use for just an hour or up to three hours for workers, shoppers, residents and regular visitors to the town centre.

The scheme also had the backing of Bridlington Town Council which said there was an immediate need to increase parking at Beck Hill.

Subject to planning approval their hope was that work could start before the end of this year for completion early in 2012.

But when their application came before East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s eastern area planning sub-committee in December it put off making a decision after an objection was raised by Bridlington Renaissance planners, in order that further discussions could take place with the Lords Feoffees.

In a statement, the Lords Feoffees said: “We are disappointed in the protracted negotiations with Bridlington Renaissance and the Planning Officers,” adding they feel their plans would fit in the with proposed development of the Burlington Parade along Hilderthorpe Road, which would see the area around Beck Hill totally remodelled and the Gypsey Race opened up as a feature.

They also say they have concerns that the AAP, proposes to restrict vehicle access to Cross Street, Bridge Street, Queen Street and Manor Street, all of which serve the town centre businesses and residential properties and in particular access from the north of the town to the new Spa complex.

“We feel the Area Action Plan is essential for the future of Bridlington but must be of a design that can be fully supported by the townspeople and business proprietors of Bridlington and not just the idea of creative designers,” said their statement.

John Lister, head of Bridlington Renaissance Partnerhsip, said: “The council has held a number of meetings with the Lords to provide a solution. It is needed not only for the conservation area of the site, but also the future plans for the regeneration of the town centre. We will continue to work with them toward this end.”