A prominent Huddersfield site is to become a car park.

Some 154 car parking spaces will be created for University of Huddersfield staff with the move.

The spaces are needed because of extensive development work on the University’s Queensgate campus.

And now the highly respected group, Optima Highways and Transport Consultancy Ltd, based in Leeds, has thrown its weight behind the proposals with an in depth report.

One application is located on land to the east of St Andrews Road on the former Examiner print hall site (140 spaces), and refers to the formation of a temporary car park for three years.

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Another much smaller site in on land to the east of Sand Street, which has been granted permission for 14 spaces.

Optima says the planning applications are required because: “The university has recently gained planning permission to redevelop various parts of Queensgate campus.

“These planning permissions have reduced the level of parking on the main campus areas with additional spaces provided along Queen Street South.

Former Examiner Press Hall site at Aspley to become car park for University of Huddersfield.

“The level of parking for the campus including off-site will continue to remain below the 690 total spaces as confirmed within the university’s travel plan.

“In order to ensure that sufficient parking is provided throughout the demolition and construction phases of the redevelopment additional temporary provision is required off campus to maintain the provision and limit disruption.”

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The report ends by saing that there “are no reasons on highways or transport grounds why the development site should not be granted planning permission.”

Kirklees Council says the period for formal comments on the application close on May 14.

The St Andrew’s Road site has stood empty for the past seven years.

It was home to the Examiner Press Hall but the buildings were demolished once the newspaper ceased printing on the site.