A proposal to add another two levels of parking to the Launceston General Hospital has been advertised with the City of Launceston council.
The upgrade will provide and extra 139 car parking spaces.
The Department of Health has engaged Artas Architects for the development.
“The additional car parking is intended primarily for use by staff of the hospital,” the development application said.
“The provision of specific onsite parking for staff, and to a lesser extent doctors and specialists, will free up on-street parking for visitors to the hospital.”
An additional two-and-half levels of car parking will be made available as a result.
A portion of the spaces in existing levels will be reconfigured and allocated for out-of-hours use.
“This is a simple addition to an existing car park servicing Launceston General Hospital. The works will provide accommodation of more staff parking on site freeing up the street-front parking for hospital visitors,” the application said.
“It will result in less car park traffic using Frankland Street which will help reduce impacts on residents in that area, particularly through the allocation of after-hours parking with access to Cleveland Street.”
The car park was originally constructed in 2012, and has reached its capacity.
“There is sufficient justification for council’s support of the proposed additions. The proposal complies with all relevant use and development standards and is an appropriate development in the locality.”
About 330 more vehicle movements on Frankland Street are expected, and 280 on Cleveland Street.
The carpark will be more than 19 metres tall at its highest point.
The hospital has about 2000 staff and treats more than 24,000 inpatients and 225,000 outpatients annually.
It is unknown how much the expansion is expected to cost.
The development application is open for comment until March 4.