PLANS to build a temporary fire station while a new £800,000 station is built have been given the unanimous backing of councillors.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead to the plans by Cleveland Fire Brigade to build the temporary structure next to the Headland fire station, in Durham Street, at a recent meeting.
It will house firefighters and equipment while the new Headland community fire station is built on its existing site, with work set to be completed next June.
A planning report said: “The temporary station is only required while the existing fire station is demolished and a new station erected.
“The temporary accommodation consists of an office, mess/lecture room, an appliance building and a site cabin which will be above the mess/lecture room.”
Planning officers said the office, mess and lecture accommodation are portable buildings while a temporary building will house the fire engine, which officers have described as a “more substantial building”.
It will be an aluminium frame building with profile sheet walls and coated PVC roof and access to the temporary station will be from Warren Street.
Planning committee chairman and Labour councillor Rob Cook said: “The station is going to be fantastic and a great asset to the Headland.”
The plans were unanimously agreed.
Cleveland Fire Brigade say the new station will remain a retained operational fire station, housing one fire engine, but will also be home to new community facilities for residents to use.
Earlier this summer, the public had the chance to help choose the design of the new station at a consultation event held in the Croft Room, in the Borough Hall, over two sessions on one day.
Visitors had the chance to view the plans in more detail, speak to brigade staff about the station and have their say as part of the formal council planning application process.