University of York Central Hall
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Labour councillors have expressed concern that inadequate parking has been planned for two new colleges announced for the University of York.

The two colleges are due to open over the next two years, and with them accomodation for an additional 1,421 students can be provided. However, the plans have been deemed a “car free development”, and as such no additional parking is being provided. Hull Road councillors Neil Barnes and Michael Pavlovic have expressed worries that this will put pressure on on-street parking in Badger Hill and the surrounding areas.

A report prepared for the York City Council planning committee says: “In respect to car parking and particularly the impact on surrounding residential areas, the university encourages students not to access the campus in private vehicles, in line with their travel plan.”

However, Cllr Barnes has stated: “Councillors and residents know better. We are astounded that the official survey suggests no uplift in parking levels. The evidence in front of our eyes suggests differently.”

Cllr Pavlovic said “University expansion is to be welcomed but can’t be allowed to punish neighbours.”

Cllr Barnes added: ““It’s time for the university to get real about the impact of staff and student parking on local streets.” 

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