A new car park will ease traffic congestion on some of busiest roads in Sheffield city centre not add to it, according to developers.
Work is set to get under way on a multi-storey with 527 spaces on the corner of Durham Road, Glossop Road and Clarkson Street after plans were approved by Sheffield Council’s highways and planning committee.
The car park will provide 100 allocated spots for University of Sheffield staff, 100 for families of patients at Sheffield Children’s Hospital with the rest short-stay.
Objections were made over potential increase in traffic adding to the daily congestion in the Brook Hill roundabout area.
Local resident Bruno Postle said: “You will get students who are late for a lecture driving to the university and using the car park. Sheffield will become a city where students bring their cars to drive to university.
“Air pollution is already higher than the legal standard.”
But developers said 80 per cent of car park users will be from existing traffic and believe it will reduce the problem of motorists who circle the roundabout in search of somewhere to park.
Traffic studies presented in the application highlighted a shortfall of 600 spaces in that part of the city centre.
A pedestrian crossing will also be built on Clarkson Street to improve safety.
Keith Lilley, director of estates and facilities management at the University of Sheffield, which is leading the project, said: “The university has very poor parking provision in terms of its visitors.
“On many occasions we have very large events like open days and graduations.
“Annual patient surveys conducted by the Children’s Hospital complain of awful parking.
“Their families can use the 100 spaces and will no doubt also take advantage of the short-stay spaces available.”
Mr Lilley added the car park is part of the council and university’s ‘master plan’ for the city centre, which will include landscaping.
The council committee gave a unanimous vote in favour of the proposals.
Chairman Coun Alan Law said: “I think I’ve sometimes done 10 laps of that roundabout looking for places to park. When people have a sick child in hospital they do not need the added stress.”
But Brian Webster, of Broomhill Green Party, said improved public transport was a better alternative.
He added: “We share the concerns of local residents that a car park of this size is very likely to lead to significant increases in traffic, congestion and air pollution in the surrounding area.”