PUBLIC SECTOR – PONTELAND FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

DETAILED PLANNING APPLICATION TO RELOCATE PONTELAND FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES TO A NEW FACILITY, IN THE GREEN BELT.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Situated on Callerton Lane, Ponteland, the proposed scheme has been developed through consultation with Northumberland Fire and Rescue in order to accommodate their operational and training requirements.

The development provides an eloquent solution to the cost efficient, utilitarian nature of the Fire Station, utilising a standing seam wrap, encompassing both the roof, as well as the upstanding North & South Elevations.

The station is arranged around a Ground Floor layout, containing a double height appliance bay for the storage of the Response Vehicle, with adjacent ancillary spaces for the maintenance and storage of equipment. The station houses shower and changing facilities for operating staff, as well as general office and communal space, with yard and Training Tower to the rear.

The new facility, on land west of Ponteland High School on Callerton Lane, is located south of the existing fire station which is to be demolished. The station will form part of the town’s new school and leisure development.

The application, was recommended for approval, following five objections, citing concerns over the loss of trees and hedgerow, road safety, the general design and appearance, and the impact on the landscape corridor along Callerton Lane. The proposals were unanimously approved by Strategic Planning Committee.

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