“/>Plans for the council’s solar powered parking lot
The 20-vehicle car park is a stone’s throw from the City Council’s Civic Office in Waterdale.
The site on College Road was originally planned for office space, but city council officials said the park plan was better use due to the current economic climate and, in turn, was more environmentally friendly.
The Planning Committee overwhelmingly voted to approve the plans, but Rossington & Bawtry City Councilor Mick Cooper voted against, citing the loss of “valuable green space”.
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Despite voting on the plans, Sprotbrough City Councilor Jonathan Wood said he “fully agrees” with Coun Cooper’s comments on the loss of green space.
The site is currently slated to be used as a contractor, and the broader plans include a solar roof covering the area, which in turn would provide power for vehicle charging.
The solar roof will be approximately five meters at its highest point and 3.2 meters at College Road. The overall size of the development is 45 meters long and 21 meters wide.
The new car park is set to support the recent investment of over £ 1 million in dozens of electric pool cars for council staff use
To sell the Council House car park, DMBC had to move its fleet of 39 pool cars and other vehicles to a new location in the city center.
The other 19 will be parked on the former site of Scarborough House.
The DMBC Urban Design team expressed concern that the parking lot should be built on a site with potential for offices.
However, they realized that the current city center office market is challenging and there are other more important locations where new offices can be concentrated.
Richard Smith, Director of Sustainability at Doncaster Council, said, “The council is saving money, electric vehicles are 28 percent of the usual cost.
“It costs £ 300 a year for 10,000 miles versus £ 1,100 for a gasoline vehicle.
“In terms of location, it is perfect for users in terms of secure access and easy access. Maximum efficiency for employee access to and from the Civic Office.
“It is also a visual representation of the changes that have been made to the transportation industry and supports the government and the council’s ambitions regarding Netzero’s carbon emissions.”