Despite opposition to the project, city planners are poised to approve the construction of a £9 million multi-storey car park in Station Road West.
Canterbury City Council’s planning committee will meet a week tonight (Tuesday) when it is being recommended to grant the authority permission to start the work.
The 374-space scheme is being driven by senior council figures including Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, chairman of its property and regeneration committee.
If approved, the car park would be three storeys and built upon the council’s existing street level car park which is at the Sainsbury’s end of the road.
A report going before next Tuesday’s planning committee states: “The proposed building would be contemporary in design and constructed of a steel frame with offset vertical cladding of varying lengths made of natural wood to screen the core parking areas.
“A ‘green wall’ would feature on the north-eastern elevation and this would consist of evergreen climbers over wire.”
The report goes on to say that the car park would operate on a one-way system with one entrance and one exit.
It would be ticketless with lengths of stays measured by an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system.
Last year when plans for the construction first emerged, Cllr Fitter-Harding said the car park was needed to serve commuters using Canterbury West Station and shoppers visiting businesses in St Dunstan’s Street.
The report before councillors states that there were 138 objections.
Earlier this month air quality activists complained that a multi-storey which attracts vehicles undermines efforts to reduce pollution in central Canterbury.
Opponents of the scheme have also argued that it is out of keeping with the surrounding architecture. There are also concerns it would worsen congestion, endanger walkers and cyclists and is a waste of public money.
Five people wrote in support of the project, including those who say more car parking is needed in Canterbury.
The planning committee meets in the Guildhall at 6.30pm on Tueday, April 3. The meeting is open to the public.