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Policy KE2a Fire Station

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The former Fire Station site is part of the existing allocation of the wider Riverside area within Policy KE2a. Whilst the former Council offices are in the process of being converted to flats, the former Fire Station remains disused (currently the site office for the Riverside development). Policy KE2a allocated the wider area for a mix of uses, including residential, but the Fire Station does not currently form part of the housing delivery trajectory or have a clear housing capacity attributed to it within the Policy. A planning application for the site, comprising mixed use development (including a hotel, residential flats, retail, office and a restaurant) was withdrawn last year as it conflicted with many of the design requirements within Policy KE2a.

Key opportunities and constraints

  • Whilst the site hasn’t come forward for development, Policy KE2a establishes the principle of development
  • Opportunity to facilitate delivery of development of an appropriate design given its location and context
  • Current car parking standards would need to be reconsidered in this town centre location to allow for redevelopment on what is a relatively small and constrained footprint
  • Subject to the above residential use would be appropriate, thereby contributing to the housing supply

Policy Options

  • Revise Policy KE2a to give clarity on design requirements and site capacity (dwelling numbers and any other floorspace requirements)
  • It is anticipated that the site could accommodate around 15 dwellings (subject to further design work).

Key relevant evidence

You can view Planning Application 19/04405/FUL (withdrawn) on our website.