AN extra 168 spaces are set to be added to an overcrowded town car park.

Burford Town Council is planning to expand the council-run facility off Guildenford as a matter of 'urgency' to deal with parking problems in the town centre.

In a submission of its proposal to West Oxfordshire District Council, the town chamber wrote: "The current car park has 166 spaces and is free to users.

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"A parking survey in 2017 determined that 200 extra off street spaces would be required before 2031 and that survey did not take into account the recently redeveloped Warwick Hall which also requires the use of this car park throughout the day.

"The car park is currently under severe pressure to the detriment of trade in Burford High Street and an urgent expansion of car parking capacity is required.

"The proposal is to extend the car park northwards and provide capacity for 168 extra vehicles."

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Confusingly, the car park is operated by West Oxfordshire District Council, but it is the town council which is planning the expansion.

Members of public can see the full designs online at using application reference code 19/00262/FUL.

A decision is expected in the spring.