Planning permission approved for the new Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub
Planning permission for the new Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub was approved yesterday (20 March) at the Council's Planning Committee meeting.
The new hub, which will be situated on Stourport Road in Kidderminster, will house the fire service, the police and other voluntary emergency services, and will bring a host of benefits including collaborative working opportunities, the improved management of a broader range of community risks and excellent training facilities for firefighters.
Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis said: "We are pleased that planning permission has been approved, which means that we can now progress with the construction phase of the hub.
"As the hub will be shared with some of our key partners, we will be able to seize opportunities for joint training, work more effectively together in areas such as prevention and enforcement, and ultimately make the best use of public resources.
"This is great news for residents living in the Wyre Forest as we will be able provide them with the best services possible."
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) successfully secured £2.38 million of government funding for the project in 2014. Since then, two extensive periods of consultation have taken place and, after much consideration, the chosen land was acquired.
Further information and details of the previous consultations on the project can be found on the Service website at www.hwfire.org.uk