A temporary university car park for hundreds of motorists will be retained indefinitely to prevent vehicles clogging up residential streets, under plans revealed today.
The overspill space was created at the Walsall campus of Wolverhampton university three years ago leading to the loss of a football pitch.
It came amid concerns over on-street parking in nearby residential areas and during the building of the £10 million Performance Hub.
Bosses at the university are now seeking planning permission from Walsall Council to retain the 235-space site which is in addition to the 689 permanent bays.
The campus caters for up to 7,000 full- and part-time students over a year, with a capacity of 2,600 at one time, and is particularly busy during autumn and spring.
Paul Davis, assistant director of estates and facilities at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “The overflow car park was originally created in 2010 to compensate for the loss of car parking associated with the Performance Hub development and to mitigate on-road parking in the local neighbourhood.
“In the last few years, we have noticed that for the majority of the year, the car park has enough space but for around six weeks and the autumn and spring terms there is a spike in numbers when the schools of health and education are all on campus.
“The overspill facility is, therefore, still required to manage parking at peak times and reduce levels of on-street parking around the campus.”
The application has been lodged with the council. Bosses say the car park has proved ‘invaluable’.