Plans submitted for new Tuebrook ambulance station

A new hazardous area ambulance response site could be built on a former NHS plot in Tuebrook.

Having initially gone up for sale in 2021 after the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) moved out to a new location in Speke, the former Elm House location on Belmont Grove could be repurposed to house a new station and training facility. NWAS has issued a planning application with Liverpool Council with a decision due next week.

The local authority could also green light proposals to add short stay accommodation provisions to a pub in Kirkdale.

According to documents released by Liverpool Council, NWAS is seeking to demolish the early-Victorian institutional building – Elm House – off Belmont Grove. In its place a hazardous area response team (HART) station would be constructed, consisting of a garage, two storey office building, training yard, car parking and landscaping.

The existing 50m high digital radio network tower would also be removed as part of the proposals.

A planning report said, “The purpose of the scheme is to provide a base for the Merseyside HART team, comprising specially recruited personnel who are trained and equipped to provide the ambulance response to high risk and complex emergencies. HART teams work alongside the Police and Fire and Rescue services within the inner cordon of major incidents. 

“The North West Ambulance Service HART teams are based in Liverpool and Manchester. The site has previously been used as the headquarters for the Merseyside Regional Ambulance Service. The new facility would be used exclusively by HART team. 

“Although there would be blue light activity from the site it would not be at the same frequency as a normal ambulance station due to the serious nature of incidents that would be attended by the team.”

Planning permission is also being sought to attach a three-storey extension to a pub in Kirkdale. Applicant Lee Maloney has lodged an application with Liverpool Council to demolish a two-storey outrigger at the Glass House pub on Vauxhall Road to provide and change use of upper floors to provide a 10-bedroom short stay accommodation, with a maximum occupancy of 22 guests. 

The report said, “The use of the upper floors as short stay accommodation has the potential to increase the level of activity within the immediate area. The application has been amended to have the access to the upper floor short stay rooms on Vauxhall Road alongside the pub entrance rather than Eldon Street and to reduce the overall capacity to 22 guests.

“Vauxhall Road is a primary strategic route in and from the City Centre and therefore it is busy with both vehicles and pedestrians passing by. Therefore, it is considered that the scale of the proposal is not likely to cause a level of activity to have an adverse impact on the surrounding properties.”

Both proposals will be considered by Liverpool Council’s planning committee on Tuesday, 5 December.

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