As part of its plans for developing the site over the next 10 years, Snape Maltings has been investigating potential solutions to its car parking challenges, addressing the lack of sufficient parking spaces on site to meet demand at peak times.
With very few viable options open to the organisation, one idea that Snape Maltings has been investigating is the possibility of creating a grass-surfaced car parking area on Snape Marshes, set back from the river and screened by a bund and planting, connected to the Maltings by a walkway and footbridge.
Creating additional car parking capacity in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), close to a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) presents a huge challenge. The landscape is, quite rightly, highly protected. Snape Maltings has only been interested in exploring the idea further if it could be demonstrated that a parking area could be created without spoiling the remarkable views of the Alde Estuary and without harming the habitats of the abundant wildlife in the area.
Having discussed the idea with local residents, environmental bodies and professional advisors, and having investigated the potential complexities and costs of the project in more detail, Snape Maltings has concluded that the Snape Marshes idea is not viable. It appears too difficult and costly to create a car parking area in that location to the very high environmental standards we would require. The organisation has listened to the concerns of local residents regarding the conservation of Snape’s remarkable natural environment.
Snape Maltings will continue to explore all other options for creating additional car parking capacity over the coming months and, as agreed, will meet local residents in the autumn for a progress update.
Friday 26 May 2017