Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Firm bids to extend car park

INVESCO Perpetual wants to expand its car parking.

INVESCO Perpetual wants to expand its car parking.

The investment firm has applied to South Oxfordshire District Council to build an additional 95 spaces at Perpetual Park, off Reading Road, Henley, bringing the total to 473.

The company would use a 3,790 sq m area close to the railway line that it says is “wasteland”.

A tree survey carried out for Invesco says 37 trees and 12 groups of trees would be lost. Semi-mature trees would be planted in their place.

The Henley Society has opposed the plans due to “the major loss of trees and the serious impact on the outlook of train passengers passing Perpetual Park”.

In a letter to the district council, it says: “We suggest that there are better alternatives for making more car parking spaces available.

“There are currently surplus spaces in the station car park which could be accessed by a gate in the boundary fence. A second alternative would be to erect a two-tier car park on the site of one of the existing car parks.”

Henley Town Council’s planning committee has supported the application.

Councillor Will Hamilton said: “Given the importance of the employer and the fact they are expanding we should support this but we should ask them about continuing to provide alternative travel arrangements.”

Councillor Jane Smewing suggested the company encouraged cycling.

The district council will make a decision by August 26.

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