An application has been submitted to create a new temporary 350-space car park at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

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Earlier this year, the hospital revealed it was in talks with Bullen Developments, which bought former farm land next to the hospital’s Colney site last November, to create between 300 and 700 new spaces on a private development known as Norwich Research Park South.

A planning application for a temporary car park has now been submitted to South Norfolk Council.

The new car park would be a small part of a 74-acre development, which it is hoped could also see a clinical research facility built and bring start-up, spin-off and established businesses to Norfolk.

The issue of car parking spaces at the hospital has been a long-running one and there are often queues to get one of the 850-spaces it currently has.

It is hoped the new car park could provide more spaces for both staff and visitors.

At a hospital meeting in May, N&N chief executive Anna Dugdale said if planning permission was granted, work could start as soon as October, with a view to completing the car park before the end of 2012.

Ms Dugdale also told the hospital’s governors that she was doing all she could to ensure the hospital did not need to plough any of its own precious NHS funds into building the new car park.

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