Stoke-on-Trent City Council plans to generate income from the site for the next three years in Lichfield Street after the new £15m bus station opened early this year.
The proposals place further question marks over the building of a new shopping centre on the site which Realis and the City Council have maintained would be completed by 2016.
Planning officer Phil Murphy said:
“Previous parking in this area of the city centre has been reduced in the last two years with approximately 285 spaces from John Street surface car park being removed as the preferred location for the new bus station.
“A total of 441 spaces from Birch Terrace car park have also been lost further to structural surveys, which revealed that this facility was unfit for purpose in its current physical state.
“Given the loss of these facilities and the planned development for this area of the city centre, which would result in the provision of up to 1,200 spaces it is considered appropriate to grant temporary permission for a car park for a three-year period.”