NOV 00] WARWICK DISTRICT COUNCIL NEWS
Warwick Castle Aims For More Cars
visiting Warwick Castle could soon be in for an easier ride if
the go-ahead is given to plans to expand the car park by
building on a historic landscape.
at the popular attraction are hoping to get permission to
increase the number of spaces from 320 to 520, but want to build
on grounds landscaped by Capability Brown.
have been a string of objections and amendments to the plan,
which will receive its final verdict from councillors at Warwick
District Council next week.
than 200 trees are earmarked for the chop in the expanded car
park, which will be an extension south from the existing car
would be irregularly spaced to allow other trees to survive, and
most of the trees that will come down are in poor condition.
at the castle say the extra parking is needed because signs in
the town do not help tourists find other car parks.
say the plans are partly in response to criticism from
neighbours, and also to allow for the expected rise in visitor
numbers in the coming years.
plans have been modified several times since they were first
submitted, to meet the requirements of English Heritage, as the
woodland is registered as a Grade I Historic Landscape.
were also fears from ecologists that a family of badgers living
nearby would be disturbed., and the plans were altered to take
the road away from the sett.
are recommended to grant the report, with strict conditions.
report to them by planning officers said:
application site forms part of the Capability Brown landscaped
setting of the castle, and this fact has been recognised in
the Grade I listing.
the setting out of a car park in such an area is at first
sight an unacceptable land use and alternative solutions
should be sought.
options have been discussed with the applicants but it is
clear that visitors are reluctant to use town centre car
parks, and very few visitors are likely to arrive by public
castle reports that visitors to attractions like this expect
to arrive by car and to be able to park it on site.
applicants feel that to disappoint visitors by a failure to
provide the parking would simply discourage these people from
attending the castle at all.”
of the planning committee have visited the site and will decide
the matter on Tuesday at 6pm.