Proposals to extend fire station submitted

A fire station in Telford could be extended and see its dormitory replaced with individual bedrooms, if plans are approved.

Tweedale Fire Station
Tweedale Fire Station

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has applied for permission to carry out the “small rear extension to the appliance bay and internal alterations and refurbishment” at Tweedale Fire Station, in Cuckoo Oak.

Blueprints submitted by the service show the new garage space is planned to house an “incident support vehicle”, and sleeping provision in the main building would be rearranged.

Tweedale Fire Station, a 24-hour on-call station crewed by 25 part-time staff, consists of two buildings, a larger one, facing Bridgnorth Road, and a smaller one, including a drill tower, on the east side of the 700-square-metre site.

Designs by Shrewsbury-based Baart Harries Newall Architects show that, in the main building the existing dormitory would be converted into an office, bedding storeroom and washing and drying rooms.

Across the corridor, two existing offices and a drying room would make way for five new bedrooms sharing two shower and toilet rooms.

In the smaller building storeroom, an existing storeroom would be halved in size to accommodate a new fitness assessment unit.

The extension, at the rear of the main building’s appliance bay, will measure 37 square metres.

Application documents – submitted by planning agent Janet Cocliff, of Baart Harries Newall, on behalf of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service Head of Resources Andrew Kelcey – say all 10 of the station’s current car parking spaces will remain.

Madeley Town Council will be consulted about the application, and Telford and Wrekin Council’s planning department will make its decision at a later date.

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