A NEW multi-storey car park is to be built in Coventry city centre after the council approved plans.
The new car park will have six storeys, a capacity of 600 spaces, and will be situated on Salt Lane.
A planning application was presented to council in November and developers hope it will be built by the end of next year.
The car park will have electric charging spaces, barriers with automatic number plate recognition as well as cycle parking.
It will also be protected by full CCTV coverage for extensive security measures.
It comes as other traditional city centre car parks have been built on or allocated for development, including for student accommodation.
Council chiefs say it is being built to support new developments around Salt Lane including the new water park scheduled to open next year, and a selection of new restaurants in Broadgate.
Coun Jayne Innes, the cabinet member for public services, said at the time the application was put forward: “The city centre is growing and there are some great new attractions on the way.
“We need the car parks to support them and encourage local people and visitors so they know they can park easily and safely.
“This will be a high quality car park that will give visitors a fantastic impression of Coventry and support the new restaurants, visitor attractions and shopping outlets that are set to transform our city.
“It has been designed to the highest standards and to show respect to nearby sites such as Fords Hospital and I am sure it will be a very welcome addition to the city centre.”
Drivers will enter on Salt Lane and leave by Greyfriars lane, next to the water park.
There will be several pedestrian entrances positioned to connect road users to Broadgate and the water park.
It has been planned with a concern not to disrupt the nearby Ford’s Hospital on Greyfriars lane.