In the Air Quality assessment document, they state the IAQM (International Air Quality Management) threshold for development-generated LDVs (light duty vehicles ie. cars) is ‘expected to be exceeded’. Manchester City Council itself say on their website: Nitrogen dioxide levels are particularly high in the city centre and close to busy roads. Princess Road is one of the main routes into Manchester and extremely busy, as local residents know. Proposing to increase the amount of car parking on the site can only make air quality within the area worse, impacting on the health of those using the site for sport but also those within the local area.
On this basis an increase in car parking is unacceptable and the proposal is unacceptable and should be refused.