A proposed park-and-ride in Dundee has been recommended for approval despite hundreds of objections.
Plans for the £3.7m facility off Riverside Avenue will go before councillors at a development management meeting on Monday and elected members are being told the scheme should be approved, even though it goes against the city’s local plan.
The facility is a joint project between Dundee City Council and transport partnership Tactran. A report by Mike Galloway, council director of city development, states: “The proposed development is considered to contravene Policy 66B (protection of other open space) of the development plan. However, sufficient weight can be accorded to material considerations to justify approval of the development contrary to the plan.
“Therefore, it is recommended permission be granted subject to conditions.”
Ten letters of objection and a 414-signature petition were lodged against the plans. Concerns included effect on the environment, the loss of wildlife habitats, and drainage and flooding at the site. Objectors also claimed there would be increased traffic congestion at the site and that it was in the wrong location.
The 400-space facility expects to accommodate 312 vehicles per day at its peak. Mr Galloway’s report says: “The bus service for the site makes provision for a 12-minute frequency service. The site will operate from early morning, through the day and into mid-evening to cater for commuters, visitors, business and leisure use. Opening times are yet to be determined, but will have flexibility for late-night shopping and weekend events.”
The officer rejects claims the park-and-ride will harm the environment, saying “any additional services should be offset by an equivalent or greater reduction in existing routes or transport”. On location, it adds: “Bus services can be provided at the site at a lower cost.
“Finally, the site has the potential to service a multi-purpose role providing car parking for the nature park, overspill for Ninewells Hospital, additional airport parking and parking for a relocated Invergowrie Rail Station.”