Planners asked to approve £9 million West station multi-storey car park

Artists impression of Station Road West car park
An artist's impression of how Station Road West will look after the work is complete

Despite opposition to the project, city planners are poised to approve the construction of a £9 million multi-storey car park in Station Road West.

Canterbury City Council’s planning committee will meet a week tonight (Tuesday) when it is being recommended to grant the authority permission to start the work.

The 374-space scheme is being driven by senior council figures including Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, chairman of its property and regeneration committee.

If approved, the car park would be three storeys and built upon the council’s existing street level car park which is at the Sainsbury’s end of the road.

A report going before next Tuesday’s planning committee states: “The proposed building would be contemporary in design and constructed of a steel frame with offset vertical cladding of varying lengths made of natural wood to screen the core parking areas.

Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding

“A ‘green wall’ would feature on the north-eastern elevation and this would consist of evergreen climbers over wire.”

The report goes on to say that the car park would operate on a one-way system with one entrance and one exit.

It would be ticketless with lengths of stays measured by an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system.

Last year when plans for the construction first emerged, Cllr Fitter-Harding said the car park was needed to serve commuters using Canterbury West Station and shoppers visiting businesses in St Dunstan’s Street.

The report before councillors states that there were 138 objections.

Earlier this month air quality activists complained that a multi-storey which attracts vehicles undermines efforts to reduce pollution in central Canterbury.

Opponents of the scheme have also argued that it is out of keeping with the surrounding architecture. There are also concerns it would worsen congestion, endanger walkers and cyclists and is a waste of public money.

Five people wrote in support of the project, including those who say more car parking is needed in Canterbury.

The planning committee meets in the Guildhall at 6.30pm on Tueday, April 3. The meeting is open to the public.


  1. All so congestion will be of great importance . A one way system would seem very essential for st dunstan’s as traffic will be impossible ?

  2. I’ve occasionally been unable to find a space at the present car park, resulted in missed trains. The new one will be a much better use of space and be better for workers, families, visitors, the disabled and people with aged relations/children/heavy luggage. Electric ars are the future, which will reduce emissions – and trains reduce road traffic anyway. Canterbury needs investment like this to flourish and generate income for infrastructure and preservation of all the beautiful old buildings and sites.

  3. We must have a proper car park there. I don’t know how many times I have missed my train because the current car park is always busy. Plus the businesses in St Dunstan and the lower end of the town are suffering from lack of customers as one of the vape shops closed down a few months ago, Boho cafe is up for sale, the wine shop is up for sale. So think twice Canterbury.

  4. If proposed car park in St dunstans is to go ahead the roads need to be made in to a one way system around the entire block. This would make the roads in St dunstan run a lot smoother. Please consider this option [resident of St dunstans] Mr M.D.Humphrey.


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