New pool for RAF base’s rehabilitation unit

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A NEW swimming pool is to be built at RAF Honington to help with the base’s rehabilitation work.

As well as being home to four RAF Regiment squadrons, Honington also houses a Regional Rehabilitation Unit (RRU) providing the forces with muscoloskeletal rehabilitation services for most of East Anglia.

It has its own assessment and treatment areas, four fitness suites and it shares the use of the station gyms and a temporary swimming pool.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee was yesterday expected to approve plans to demolish the existing pool and build a new two-storey training, rehabilitation and recreation hydrotherapy pool building, linked to the existing gym.

The building will cover 1,450 square metres on a site of 4,550 square metres and the development will include 10 new parking spaces, five of which would be disabled parking, plus landscaping with tree planting.

In recommending approval, planning officers said: “The proposal will have a limited visual impact on the character of the open countryside when viewed from outside the base.”

The rehabilitation unit currently employs 10 staff including physiotherapists, a specialist sports injury and exercise doctor and RAF and civilian exercise and rehabilitation instructors.

It runs three-week rehabilitation courses and is able to give access to imaging and orthopaedic surgery. It also provides advice to patients and their units on post injury treatment.