Poyle airport parking scheme would increase congestion, say councillors

A proposal for a disused car park to be brought back into use for airport parking has seen an objection by parish councillors because it may increase congestion. 


Parish councillors have objected to an application by Maple Manor Parking, based in Gatwick, to extend their airport parking operation to Heathrow.

The company wants to use car parking space at Bowles House in Blackthorne Road for airport parking purposes (P/12186/003).  The property – which has a 100-space car park on the junction with Poyle Road – was formerly used by local haulier Roy Bowles Transport and is still owned by family members.

Councillors objected on the basis that “there would be an increase in vehicle movement in an already congested area”, despite its proximity to the M25.

The company says its application amounts to no change of use and has cited legal precedent in its application.

Parish councillors have also recently objected to any further extension of the permission for the temporary Colnbrook Logistics Centre on the by-pass, but it has yet to pass verdict on an application by DHL to build a storage unit at its Flight Assembly Centre on Lakeside Road.

The application (P/16241/002) was deferred last month to allow plans for the application to be obtained.  Cllrs Brooks and Bryant declared  a conflict of interest and left the room, but the matter was not discussed at the this month’s meeting.


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