Manchester Airport car park, AHP, P, planning docs

Plans to increase AHP's car park capacity at Manchester Airport have been refused by the city council. Credit: via planning docs

Manchester Airport multi-storey car park plans grounded

APH will appeal the decision of the city council to reject proposals for the operators’ sites off Bradnor Road, either side of Harling Road.

The firm provides an off-site park-and-ride operation for users of Manchester Airport, where pre-booked cars are directed to the site and back of the reception building before being left for parking by operatives.

Approval of these plans would have increased the number of parking spaces to 2,488, an increase of 438 on the existing 2,050 spaces.

The development would have seen the building of a five-level multi-storey car park following the demolition of an existing warehouse.

Refurbishment work to the former grade two star-listed bus garage at the site was also planned.

The operator sought to restore the bus station as closely as possible to its original condition and to look at increasing capacity at the open car park site to the North West side of Harling Road by removing the former warehouse building and developing the multi-storey.

But Manchester City Council planners have rejected the proposals in a decision signed off by the authority’s director of planning, building control, and licensing.

Reasons given for refusal included the “potential loss of land capable of attracting good quality employment generating industrial activity”, with the proposals deemed contrary to the Manchester core strategy development plan.

When approached by Place North West a spokesperson for AHP said the firm would not be commenting on the decision, but confirmed the firm would be lodging an appeal.

Atelier MB Urban Architects, LK Group, BDP, Clancy Consulting, and Tyrer Ecological Consultants were on the project team.

To view the plans, search for application reference number 137427/FO/2023 on Manchester City Council’s planning portal.

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Manchester Airport is in reality one big car park.They deliberately made public transport to airport expensive to drive business to their cash cow of parking.

By Anonymous

Not many people want to take public transport to the airport anyway

By Anonymous

Used APH for many years. Always been happy with the service – convenient and priced competitively. This is the wrong decision.

By Anonymous

90% of the time I use the airport I go on the train.

By Anonymous

@anonymous 2.85 – couldnt disagree more. Last thing i want to do is take a car to the airport, pay £50 to park it.

By J

Hardly anybody lives on the train route and many flights are at times when there are no trains

By Anonymous

Trains cost more than £50 for more than two people unless you already live in Manchester

By Anonymous

@ anonymous – breaking news: Manchester airport don’t set prices for public transport and they don’t own the car park in question

By M21.

Exactly public transport is worse value than parking

By Anonymous

The whole point is the public transport is deliberately made expensive and inconvenient so people will pay for expensive airport parking.Just like the airport security is made deliberately time consuming and unpleasant so people will pay for fast track security.

By Anonymous

They also ensured that public transport doesn’t go near anybody’s house

By Anonymous

I live opposite Harling Rd, this development would be an eyesore bringing more pollution, noise & dirt to the over 144% safe levels of toxic air quality round our homes. Traffic drowns out our TV & both myself & friend just down the road on Longley lane were recently diagnosed with emphysema. Northenden has had the second highest death rate in Manchester for nearly 40y, same with the pollution levels. There is a school nearby & old people’s dwellings. There have been a number of bad accidents on Longley lane at the other end of Harling Rd & traffic is extremely congested all day with concrete mixers, coaches, etc, speeding up & down Longley lane late into the night.

By Janet Breeze

Further to my previous comment, trying to access Bradnor Rd on foot coming down the passage from Penarth Rd is now hazardous, I walk my dog using a rollator & the staff at the airport parking told me to stop using this path as it’s ‘too dangerous’ . It is a public path leading to Bradnor & Harling Rd & a well used shortcut for myself & many others & I will use it whenever I want to. The staff were extremely unpleasant when I asked them to unblock the pavement. There are already traffic calming measures on Longley lane because of not only the volume but speed of vehicles.

By Janet Breeze

Forgot to say also, the grade ll listed building the former Fingland’s bus garage was the largest single span roof in Europe when it was built

By Janet Breeze

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