Multi-storey plan to ease Sheffield parking frustration

The University of Sheffield is aiming to build a multi-storey car park on the edge of its campus to help ease the scramble for parking spots in the area.

Earmarked for an existing car park at the corner of Glossop Road, Clarkson Street and Durham Road, the proposed development is designed to help both the university and neighbouring Children’s Hospital.

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Up to 100 of the proposed 530 spaces would be allocated to the hospital.

Parking and traffic congestion around the university and hospitals - the Royal Hallamshire and Weston Park Hospitals are also nearby - have been a long-running source of frustration for motorists and people living in the Broomhill area, who have complained of traffic congestion and air pollution.

Now the university is looking to alleviate the situation, at the same time that managers at the Children’s Hospital prepare to start a £40m redevelopment of their site, which includes a new basement car park.

Details of the university’s proposed eight-storey development - two floors are below ground - have been submitted for council scrutiny.

Town hall officers will prepare a report on the application, which includes a small supermarket, for councillors.

A University of Sheffield spokesperson said: “We are looking to develop a privately-run multi-storey car park with about 500 spaces to replace the existing facility on the Clarkson Street site.

“It will help with the transition of car parking spaces out of the centre of the campus to the periphery, in line with the university’s masterplan.

“We have been working with the Sheffield Children’s Hospital in the last year to ensure the facility will benefit visitors to the site and provide them with 100 spaces. It is a fantastic development which will provide the university with its first visitor spaces, alleviate the traffic problems in the area, and provide a short-stay service for the community.”

The spokesperson added that the university “is committed to a sustainable travel plan and all money raised from car parking is put back in to the transport development system”.

The proposed development is eight storeys - two below ground - and the council is being told it will make “a significant contribution to the architecture of the city, the university and the nearby conservation area”.

Although more than 500 spaces would be created, the 93 in the current car park would be lost, and the university is telling the authority that, in the “mid to long-term”, it is intended to improve landscaping around the Arts Tower and the Hounsfield Road area, which would mean the loss of some parking.

Community representatives in Broomhiil have been pressing for years for solutions to traffic and parking problems around the university and hospitals.

However, they fear a big multi-storey car park could exacerbate traffic congestion in that area. “It’s not an easy one,” said Alan Wellings, a member of Broomhill Action Neighbourhood Group and Broomhill Forum.

The underground car park in the new wing to Sheffield Children’s Hospital will have 60 spaces for patients and visitors. The hospital currently has 30 public spaces in the grounds.