Plans for a new 20 space car park to support the council’s 100% electric vehicles have been approved at planning committee.

It will include 20 electric vehicle charging bays and two accessible spaces served by 10 fast charge points. There will be tree planting and additional low level landscaping as part of the scheme.

The proposed car park, which also incorporates a solar panel roof, is located at the rear of the council’s Civic Office on land which was used as a contractor's compound for the building of Danum Gallery, Library and Museum. The 91 kw carport will provide the electricity to charge the vehicles and also supply electricity to the Civic Office.

On top of this, a further 19 spaces for the council’s electric fleet will be located at the nearby Scarborough House site.

Debbie Hogg, director of corporate resources, said: 'This new electric vehicle infrastructure supports our plans to tackle the Climate and Biodiversity Emergency as we introduce fully electric vehicles as part of our annual replacement of the current transport fleet.

'We are phasing out the council’s fleet reliance on fossil fuel vehicles and have already put the first 20 electric vehicles on the road. With more environmentally friendly vehicles to come, we are cutting carbon emissions and helping to improve air quality.

'We are committed to becoming a greener council and leading from the front in terms of addressing climate change.'

The new parking and vehicle charging provision is ideally located for the council’s town centre based staff making the vehicles easier to collect and return.