PLANS have been unveiled for a new £6million multi-storey car park at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
It is hoped the 425-space building will solve years of parking misery in the area.
It is earmarked for the existing Kayll Road parking site and could be in use by summer 2013.
Planning permission will soon be applied for by hospital bosses.
A City Hospitals Sunderland spokesman said: “The Trust has taken the decision to move forward with proposals to build a multi-storey car park.
“The scheme will cost up to £6million and our estates team is now working with design consultants and will be shortly applying for planning permission.
“While this will give us much-needed additional parking, the scheme will not be without its difficulties as during the build we will lose some of our existing spaces.
“As part of the design discussions, we are looking at whether the build can be done in stages to minimise disruption and the loss of existing spaces where possible.
“We have always recognised the problems of parking on the site and promised that we would continually work to try and minimise the impact particularly on residents. By moving forward with the scheme we hope that will demonstrate our continued commitment to resolve parking problems.”
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The news has been welcomed by people in the area as they hope it will bring a resolution to the parking chaos and cluttered streets caused by an overspill of cars.
Mrs Joanne Gardner, 52, of Chatsworth Street, said: “It is great news for us. For years now we’ve had people parking here and then going to the hospital.
“Parking has definitely been difficult especially if you have friends coming round and they bring a car. It has not been fair on the residents and hopefully this car park will sort out the problems.”
Mr David Howard, of Grindon Terrace, said: “We’ve wanted this for a long time and it’s very good news for us. Having a hospital that big next door means you should have a car park that accommodates all the people that use it.”
The 67-year-old said: “I’m very pleased to hear about the plans and I hope when it is built that people put it to good use. It will make our lives much easier and make the streets around less busy.”
It is believed that the Trust applied for the funding just before Christmas and have now received approval to borrow the money.
Plans are also being considered which will see the build take place in stages to try and minimise any disruption caused.
Councillor for Barnes Tony Morrissey said: “I’m delighted to hear the news that thanks to this funding from the government we should soon see a multi-storey car park on site at the hospital.
“For many years we have called for the creation of such a facility to reduce the parking misery faced by local people on a daily basis.”