Merton Council has granted the London Fire Brigade outline planning permission to build a three storey state-of-the-art fire station in Mitcham.
The new building will provide improved accommodation and larger bays for modern fire fighting equipment. Firefighters and the fire engine from the current station will be relocated, and the new station will be able to accommodate more fire engines if these are needed in future. Purpose-built reception areas where firefighters can offer residents fire prevention advice will help make the fire service more accessible to the general public.
As with all new fire stations built by London Fire Brigade the station will generate over 20% of its energy from on-site renewable sources, and thereby exceed the Merton Rule.
The development is part of a London Fire Brigade £57m private finance initiative to fund nine fire stations across London. Construction is scheduled to start in 2011.
Merton Council cabinet member for planning and traffic management Councillor William Brierly said: “This fire station is good news for Merton as we’ll have a 21st century building able to cope with the demands of modern fire fighting. The station will be a vital piece of Merton’s infrastructure as well as giving the fire service a more public face and strengthening its links with the local community. This can only be a good thing and, most importantly, will hopefully help decrease the number of avoidable accidents and fires.
‘We are pleased to be working closely with the London Fire Brigade to help deliver a new, improved fire station for the residents of Mitcham.
Notes to editors:
It replaces the smaller fire station in the centre of Mitcham built in 1927.
The station will be on the Funnell’s Yard at site at 421-445 London Road, Mitcham.
London Fire Brigade will begin procurement for the PFI station building programme following final approval from the Treasury.
The station is a project in addition to the new Fire Control Centre currently being constructed in Morden.
The Merton Rule is the ground-breaking planning policy developed by Merton Council which requires all new buildings to cut CO2 emissions by 10% using renewable energy generated on site. Merton developed the policy and adopted it in 2003. Its impact was so great that the then Mayor of London and many councils across the UK have since implemented the rule. It is now an accepted element of national planning strategy.