CDC seeks Environmental Impact Opinion for Waterloo car park project
Release date: 13 November 2018
Cotswold District Council’s Cirencester Parking Board has decided to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening Opinion for the proposed new multi-storey car park at the Waterloo site in Cirencester.
The Board is aware of the concerns of neighbouring residents and the Screening Opinion will enable independent scrutiny of the project’s impact, as well as obtaining useful advice about mitigating any potential environmental issues.
Chair of the Board Cllr Mark Harris comments,
“Many people are eager to see more parking provision in Cirencester, but we know from ongoing discussions that some residents have concerns about the impact of the proposed Waterloo car park and we want to work with them to obtain the best possible solution. With this in mind, we are commissioning an EIA Screening Opinion which will examine a range of issues under four main headings: heritage impact; visual (townscape) impact; future traffic and transport trends; and air quality.
“This will provide us with a comprehensive overview and suggest measures to allay any concerns arising. This information will sit alongside other investigations which will need to be undertaken as part of the planning process, including: mitigation of flood risk posed by the nearby River Churn; ambient noise modelling; checks for contaminated land; ecological issues such as wildlife habitats and plants; and climatic factors.”
The CDC Cabinet Member for Cirencester Parking, Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington adds,
“It’s vital that we all work together to obtain the best car parking solutions for Cirencester. We have consulted the public and local businesses on our initial plans for the Waterloo site, and we will continue to seek their views as the project takes more shape. I hope that commissioning an EIA Screening Opinion will send out a message that we want to do our utmost to address concerns and create an attractive new state-of-the-art car park that everyone can take pride in.”
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