Ambulance depot plan for Suffolk Business Park
A purpose-built ambulance depot and access road could be built in Rougham if plans are given the green light.
East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) has submitted proposals for a plot off Rougham Tower Avenue, on Suffolk Business Park, after it won central government funds for this financial year.
The ambulance fleet facility, with associated parking and landscaping, is described as ‘key’ to EEAST delivering its strategic roll-out of the NHS-backed ambulance make-ready facility for this region.
The proposed Rougham depot would include 71 ambulance spaces, seven response car spaces, 20 fleet car spaces, 65 standard car spaces, two duty locality officers’ car spaces, 26 cycle spaces, showers and locker rooms.
“This planning application is for two distinct NHS ambulance requirements: the first is a ‘make-ready’ ambulance station; the second is a fleet vehicle repair depot,” says a design and access statement to St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
A spokesman for the trust said: "The modern facilities will replace premises such as Brooklands Close in Bury St Edmunds.
"It is important to stress the service cover provided in any area will not be diminished, as a community ambulance station will be established in major population and strategic locations.
"These will primarily be shared locations with other public sector partners.
"Examples of this are in Sudbury and Bury where we work with Suffolk Fire and Rescue colleagues in shared facilities.
"If planning permission is granted in March 2019, we would anticipate the facility will be operational by mid 2020."
Due to NHS funding procedures the facility could be built in two phases.