Royal London, Wilmslow's largest employer, has submitted another planning application for a new car park on the Alderley Road campus site, which is is situated in the Cheshire Green Belt.
The proposed permanent car park would be on the site of the current temporary car park and provide 126 car parking spaces.
In November 2012 Royal London were granted permission to use some land at the site as a temporary car park for approximately 104 vehicles. That area of land was an existing gravel laid car park which they had previously been granted temporary planning permission for in 2009. The permission granted in 2012 stated that the temporary car park be returned to a grassed field on or before December 2015, unless a further application has been submitted and approved by the Local Planning Authority in the meantime.
Like the temporary car park that it replaces, the proposed new facility will not be visible from outside the Royal London site.
Royal London has already submitted a planning application for a permanent car park. This separate application, submitted in December 2014, is to create 90 additional parking spaces on land which is currently an open grassed area at the front of the Alderley Road campus. The new car park would be adjacent to the existing Lodge car park and close to Alderley Road. This planning application, reference 14/5536M, is still to be determined.
Royal London, Head of Procurement & Facilities, Neil Kilshaw said: "We have been discussing our plans with the Council. Once it becomes clear which of our two planning applications the Council favours we will withdraw the other application.
"Royal London already has an ambitious Green Travel Plan which encourages car-sharing and there is a regular shuttle bus to and from the station. However, the company is expanding rapidly and we need to provide permanent parking spaces for our people, many of whom travel from other parts of East Cheshire and beyond. "
In March 2015, Royal London announced plans to create an additional 450 new jobs at its campus on Alderley Road. The intention is to accommodate the new roles by building new, modern office accommodation on land owned by Royal London to the east of the existing campus.
The business currently employs around 900 full time staff in the town and wants to increase numbers to around 1,350.
The Royal London site was identified in the Local Plan for mixed use development, delivering 75 dwellings, 17-24,000 sq m of employment space and a hotel.
This latest planning application for a new permanent car park is not yet available on the Cheshire East Council website, so once it is added I will update this article with the planning reference.
Updated: 4.30pm on Tuesday 4th August.
The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 15/3488M. The last date for submitting comments is 26th August and a decision is expected by 24th September.