Plans have been lodged to expand one of the county's fire stations.

The proposals look to establish a purpose-built storage and logistics hub at Wymondham Fire Station, in London Road. 

Additional car parking spaces would also be established, alongside new CCTV and the resurfacing of the site's combined drill yard.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) say the works are required to ensure "the operational needs can be carried out in a safe and effective manner".


The existing facilities are currently accommodated across Wymondham and Hethersett.

A planning statement submitted by the fire service to Norfolk County Council claims this setup is "inefficient" and the consolidation of these facilities at one purpose-built site "will result in the improvement of an existing valuable health and safety service". 

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The proposals follow the eruption of a neighbourhood row over plans to develop a 50ft training tower at Hethersett's fire station.

A homeowner living near the proposed site has written to the county council's planning committee to raise concerns about a loss of privacy, noise and light.

But the fire service argues that "without the installation of a new training tower, NFRS consider that the station, its firefighters and the local community would suffer".

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Those plans remain with the county council's planning department, with a decision yet to be made.

Wymondham station is staffed by on-call firefighters, consisting of a watch manager, two crew managers and nine firefighters.

County council data shows that the crew is called out on average each month to 13 daytime incidents, six in the evening and four overnight.