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Planning application submitted that would see EMAS co-locate at Newark Police Station

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A planning application has been submitted that paves the way for the ambulance service to co-locate into Newark Police Station.

If agreed by the district council, EMAS would move across Queens Road and into the police station's training block, which is a stand-alone building at the back.

EMAS has bought some 1,500m2 (0.15Ha) at the rear of the police station, including the training block, with the rest for parking.

Newark Police Station. (4147444)
Newark Police Station. (4147444)

The two-storey training block was granted planning permission on January 23, 2006.

The police station itself was granted planning permission on November 9, 2004.

The area of the overall police station site is approximately 6,675m2 (0.68Ha). Of that, the application site covers 2,181m2.

Newark Police Station on Queens Road. (48692707)
Newark Police Station on Queens Road. (48692707)

The statement supporting the application says: "Over time, it is intended that the application site will replace the existing ambulance station, with the latter disposed of."

There would be two fast response ambulance vehicles based at the site. These are out on the road at almost all times, only returning for shift changes, meal breaks, or to restock and clean the vehicle.

Newark Police Station. (38825667)
Newark Police Station. (38825667)

The training building would be used for offices and administration, staff welfare provision and training.

Overall a total of 26 full time ambulance staff and eight relief staff would be based at the site, but on average no more than 18 staff would be present at any one time, during shift change-overs, which take place at 7-8am and 7-8pm each day, seven days per week, all year round.

Nottinghamshire Police had favoured re-locating the police station to a purpose-built extension to Castle House where Newark and Sherwood Distirct Council are based and money would have been available in the £25m allocated to Newark in the government's Towns Fund.

The relocation would have seen the site sold with a revamping of the area to follow.

Caroline Henry at Newark Police Station. (51476966)
Caroline Henry at Newark Police Station. (51476966)

However, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry made a manifesto pledge during her successful campaign for election to the post to ask the Newark public what they wanted.

The overriding answer was that people wanted the police station to stay where it was.

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